Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget today, Left Unity Principal Speaker Felicity Dowling said:
“There was arrogance and impunity from the Conservative government in today’s Budget as they continue to rob public services, to penalise the poorest and to dismiss the need for increased wages.
With austerity set to continue until 2025, there is not enough money provided for the NHS or enough to impact on Social Care. With no extra money provided for local authorities, horrific cuts will continue.
There will be no money for ordinary schools, just for the vanity free school project. The poorest will deliberately be made poorer and the appalling benefit system will become continuously more oppressive. The huge poverty facing so many is just being ignored.
There was no money identified to help the automotive industry or other key industries and no major infrastructural development.
There was no money for housing. No investment in dealing with the disastrous problems of climate change and air pollution.
This Budget penalises working people as wage freezes in the public sector continue and those who have been forced into self-employment through under-employment are now facing an increase in national insurance.
Corporations though continue to be privileged.
This Budget is a disaster for ordinary people, profits only the rich, and will further undermine our economy.
Only organised resistance can stop this government.”
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Saturday 9th September
Wigan Diggers’ Festival
11am to 9.30pm at The Wiend in Wigan.
Main Sponsor: Unite the Union North West Region. More details here
Friday 10th to Saturday 11th November
Marseille Forum, France
A European-wide gathering of progressive forces in Marseille – trade unions, campaigns, parties, social movements – discussing the crisis we face and how to build a different Europe. Contact email@example.com
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