Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget statement today (Monday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“Austerity isn’t over just because the Prime Minister and the Chancellor say it is.
“Years of spending cuts have meant real pain for millions, with very little gain. Public services are running on empty, and councils are still axing thousands of jobs.
“Years of wrecking ball austerity have left local services in a perilous state. It will take time and substantial investment for them to recover.
“Councils need an end to this nightmare created on Downing Street. An extra bit of money for social care is just the start. Much more is needed and quickly if we are to hold onto the very fabric of our communities.”
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 both the public and private sectors.