Chancellor mustn’t ignore public services in his economic vision

Economy won’t thrive without investment in services and staff

Responding to the chancellor of the exchequer’s speech today (Friday) about driving UK economic growth, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Jeremy Hunt’s grand vision for the future completely ignores vital public services.

“The chancellor holds the key to unlock the damaging health pay dispute and rebuild the NHS, but he’s not even trying.

“No plan for the economy can succeed unless the government also focuses on essential services.

“Paying proper wages will halt the staff exodus and mean there’s more money to spend in the local high street.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union and the largest union in the NHS and in the ambulance sector. It has 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.

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