Government should focus on those in need rather than foolish tax cuts

Disturbing that government took a week to see sense

Responding to the government’s u-turn on the abolition of the 45p tax rate, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Monday): “This pointless tax cut was foolish from the off.

“It’s deeply disturbing that it took a week of financial worry for millions and damage to the UK’s international reputation before the government listened to reason.

“The Prime Minister and Chancellor should be focusing on those who can’t make ends meet, not lining the pockets of the already wealthy.

“If ministers really want to get the country back on its feet, they could start by increasing benefits in line with inflation, paying staff properly and investing in the public services on which everyone relies.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.