Queen’s Speech fails to tackle the real problems Britain faces, says UNISON

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today the government has announced another set of plans that fail to tackle the real problems Britain faces.

“Ministers are keen to sell today’s plans as a wide-ranging set of social reforms, but what the proposals lack is a real plan to rebuild Britain in the wake of unprecedented cuts to public spending.

‘Much of today’s Speech looks like it’s been cut and pasted from previous years – from laughable references to the Northern Powerhouse to plans for a so-called seven-day NHS, yet without any proposals on how a revamped health service is to be financed.

“Similarly plans to create private universities are yet another example of ministers’ pursuit of profit over excellence in our public services.

“At a time when money is tight, the government wants to commit billions on a replacement for Trident that will never be used, while the NHS, education, local government and the police are cut over and over again.”

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