UK unions critique of government cuts

 
 
As the UK government proposes heavy spending cuts,unions and others are responding with critiques on the impact of these policies and advancing alternatives.   The largest public sector union, Unison, and the TUC have published an analysis of the government's budget proposals. This goes beyond the impact of tax and benefit changes, and shows how the cuts in services affect the poorest households most.  
"the averageannual cut in public spending on the poorest tenth of households is £1,344,equivalent to 20.5% of their household income, whereas the average annual cut inpublic spending on the richest tenth of households is £1,135, equivalent to just1.6% of their household income".
The impact is much greater than the effects of tsax and benefit changes, because the value of public services such as health and education to the poor is much greater than their money incomes. So although the effect of tax and benefit changes is more even the combined impact of the cuts in services, and the changes in taxes and benefits, is still very unequal:
"the combined average annual loss in income and services for the pooresttenth of households is £1,514, equivalent to 21.7% of their household income. Forthe richest tenth of households, the annual loss in income and services is £2,685,equivalent to just 3.6% of their household income."
Don’t forget the spending cuts! The real impact of Budget 2010 http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/B5131.pdf
The civil service union PCS has published a report arguing that the government deficit has emerged because of a fall in tax revenues, not because of an increase in public spending. They also estimate that around £100billion is lost each year through taxes being avoided or evaded, and that, instead of cutting staff working in taxation and revenue collection, more effort should be devoted to closing tax loopholes and clamping down on tax cheats:
"Every year, £70 billion is lost to the economy through tax evasion and a further £25 billion through avoidance. Much of this could be recovered if HM Revenue and Customs employed more staff and the legal loopholes were closed.."
Tax Justice and Jobs March 2010 http://www.pcs.org.uk/download.cfm?docid=11BBD8A3-BDB1-4319-B1E0A20CA108...
Trade unionists and others are arguing that government spending should be expanded to create jobs by developing a greener economy. A group of trade unionists has called for investment to create a million jobs; the New Economics Foundation argue for investing £50 billion in green infrastructure - renewable energy like wind, energy efficiency in homes, new public transport systems.
One million climate jobs now! November 2009 http://www.pcs.org.uk/download.cfm?docid=E6FA62AA-6B54-42F9-9C87A2DEF6D8...
The Cuts Won't Work The second report of the Green New Deal Group  http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/cuts-wont-work#download-buy 07 December 2009

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