From the TUC

Another graph for Nicky Morgan: Public service cuts make budget inequality even worse

23 Mar 2016, by in Public services

The hapless performance of Education Minister Nicky Morgan on BBC’s Newsnight when confronted with evidence of the distributional impact of her government’s tax and benefit cuts made for cringeworthy TV. Morgan seemed genuinely shocked at the disproportionate losses inflicted on lower earners that was so starkly demonstrated by the Institute of Fiscal Studies chart. And so she should…

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#Budget2016: TUC reaction roundup

17 Mar 2016, by in Politics

The Chancellor, George Osborne delivered the 2016 budget yesterday, here is a quick round up of reactions from our TUC bloggers: Public Service cuts £3.5bn worth of cuts to public services by 2020. The spending cuts will be identified through an ‘efficiency review’. Cuts and increased pressures on departmental budgets presents a great challenge to…

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Schools take centre stage in #Budget2016

16 Mar 2016, by in Public services

As trailed in yesterday’s press, a centrepiece of the Budget is a move to make every school in England an academy and to strip local authorities of their long-standing role in education. The signs were there that this was on the cards with the Times reporting earlier this month that there would be two Education…

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#Budget2016 is much better for the better off

16 Mar 2016, by in Economics

Earlier today I discussed the costs and benefits of the Chancellor’s plans to increase the personal tax allowance (PTA) to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold (HRT) to £50,000 by 2020 (Spoiler alert: the costs are high and the benefits are scant). Today the Chancellor took a sizable step towards those not-so-laudable goals. As of…

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#Budget2016: Women and low income households again bearing the brunt of austerity

16 Mar 2016, by in Equality

Last weekend the Women’s Budget Group published a cumulative assessment of ten years of austerity, covering both the Coalition government (2010-15) and the policies announced thus far by the Conservative government that took office in May 2015. The findings of the research could not have been starker: the ten percent lowest income households will experience…

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#Budget2016: No let up for the public services squeeze

16 Mar 2016, by in Public services

2019/20 is shaping up to be a very tough year for public services, with enormous pressure on departmental budgets as the Chancellor attempts to achieve his budget surplus in that year. £3.5bn additional cuts to departmental budgets – excluding those protected areas of education, health, international aid and defence – will need to be found…

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#Budget2016 risks Right to Buy groundhog folly

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Today in the Budget the Chancellor once again asserted that ‘…we are the builders’. However, this hasn’t yet been borne out when it comes to housing. In the 2015 Autumn Statement, and again in the Budget, the Chancellor set out the government’s commitment to deliver 400,000 affordable housing starts by 2020-21, including 200,000 Starter Homes…

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