Queen’s Speech – public services will need ‘substantial investment’ to recover

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech today (Monday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“After years of painful cuts, health, schools, town hall and police employees will be relieved. Public services are at long last to get the funding so cruelly denied them.

“But if ending austerity were so easy to end, it’s a pity the government couldn’t have scrapped its damaging economic policies a long while ago.

“Services are at breaking point and will need substantial investment if they are to recover – especially social care.

“We’ll all be expecting the government to keep its promises. Now isn’t the time for game playing or cheap political stunts. Next month’s Budget must deliver for public services.”

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.

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