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100 days of Coalition and over 100 unfair cuts

18 Aug 2010, by in Economics

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 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.

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  2. S Pfuetzenreuter
    Aug 19th 2010, 10:20 am

    I looked through your published list of cuts with interest. While I do not defend each and every cut which is proposed I do however feel that it is important to look at what works and really helps and change or get rid of which measures which are less effective. I do actually support the idea of cutting the Nation’s deficit as much as I do believe in avoiding personal debt. Each person ought to live within their means and so should a state. It’s easy to moan and scream about the loss of this and that. We may survive not introducing Golden Eagles right now (and I do love wild birds myself). Our duties in the union ought to be to examine much more closely HOW the cuts affect and if the loss is morally unacceptable, then do something pragmatic about it. This way we in the union remain credible and probably will have best effect on the ‘outside world’. Lets at least stay positive within ourselves!

  3. Denis Lenihan
    Aug 19th 2010, 11:46 am

    I disagree with the comments made above. It is not reasonable to associate household debt with national debt – it is normal practice in the vast majority of countries to operate with ongoing debt, a point made by many economists. The UK is still ranked in the top 10 economies in the world, and this would not have changed if we had not accept the cuts agenda.

    I believe the ConDems, with the support of the right-wing media, have used the cover of the economic crisis in Greece as well as the result of the General Election (IE no clear winner) to introduce an ideological drive to reduce the state and public sector. (read Naomi Kline’s ‘Shock Doctrine’, for an insight into this tactic)
    Some people support the idea of cuts, but only in the abstract, IE someone else’s job is disappearing, or someone else’s benefits are being cut. But when it is there job or benefit being threatened it will be too late.

    Cuts will also have a real, unhelpful, effect on the economy. So take one example, in London there is a treat of cuts to the public transport network, but the vast majority of Londoners rely on, an already overstretched, public transport to get to work. So a transport system operating with 30 or 40% less resources, will have a detrimental effect on business as employees struggle to get to work, arrive late or arrive stressed and exhausted before they even begin work. Ultimately, businesses and residents will relocate out of the city and it will be a lesser place for it.

    This is only one small example of unintended consequences that we will observe over the next year or two if these cuts are not resisted.

  4. Tony Wilson
    Aug 19th 2010, 12:17 pm

    I find your Cuts Watch service very useful indeed: a fine job! I agree with Denis Lenihan unreservedly. Personal debt is being equated with national debt in a way which is unreasonable. The fact that we are in the middle of a global recession is a key factor… Overlooked by the media.

    It is shocking that a government can get away with the kind of school playground name-calling that we are currently seeing. Even worse that cuts are targetting the vulnerable. And all in the name of ‘fairness’!

    No mention is made of tax avoidance, which has been estimated at over £40bn. per. annum. That’s okay then – mustn’t discourage the money-makers.