Tax cut for higher earners is absurd after years of austerity

Commenting on the announcement from Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson that he would cut taxes for higher earners, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Boris Johnson has confirmed he cares about the wealthy few, rather than everyone who relies on public services. A cash giveaway for the richest earners is absurd after 10 years of brutal austerity that has pushed public services to breaking point.

“That money is needed by the nurse who sees our NHS creaking under pressure, the teaching assistant who relies on food banks to feed her family or the care worker who can spend only a few minutes with the vulnerable people she supports.

“The NHS, schools, social care – these are just some of the services starved of support by the Tories. Now Boris Johnson wants to slash taxes instead of fixing the damage his party has caused – shame on him.”

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