100 days of Coalition and over 100 unfair cuts
Today we have published a list of 100 cuts that will cause real damage across society. Published on the 100 day anniversary of the Coalition Government, our analysis shows that far from reducing ‘waste‘ cuts are impacting on the vital services and support that the poorest families in the UK depend on. Cuts that are particularly unfair and regressive include:
- The Sure Start Maternity Grant (which is only available to the poorest families) for all children after a family’s first baby.
- Hundreds of playgrounds for children across the country.
- Domestic Violence Protection Orders, which aimed to support women at risk of violence.
- The extension of Free School Meals to low income working families.
- The Future Jobs Fund which could have provided real job opportunities for thousands more young people at risk of long-term unemployment.
The Coalition has been keen to tell us that cuts will be ‘fair‘ and ‘progressive‘, that the most vulnerable will be protected and that ‘frontline services‘ will be maintained. But it is a fantasy to believe that the sharpest spending cuts since WW2 can be achieved without deterimental impacts for families and communities, significant service cuts and the worst off being affected. As analysis commissioned for the TUC and UNISON has shown, spending cuts inevitably hit the poorest hardest – it is hard to see how the illusion of fairness can be maintained much longer.