Responding to the budget, Britain’s largest union Unite accused George Osborne of delivering a blue rinse budget for the stockbroker belt, ignoring the crying need for action on wages, homes and jobs for the young.
Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “Ordinary people will be asking themselves are they better off? The simple answer is no. This was a blue rinse budget for the stockbroker belt who will celebrate their tax reductions and help with their savings.
“But for real Britain, this is devoid of hope and genuine effort to tackle the crisis in living standards facing ordinary people.
“The £56 a year that basic rate tax payers will get through changes to tax allowances is a pittance. It will do nothing to help low paid workers in the grip of a wage siege, nor will it help the 4.6 million people whose pay is so low they don’t pay tax.
“Where we needed action to boost wages to stop the biggest fall in living standards since the Victorian era, we got the promise of endless austerity and more cuts to the services our communities rely on.
“George Osborne promised to get Britain building and Britain making, but does little serious difference to address the nation’s chronic housing crisis, or help our kids into work or rebalance the economy away from a so-called `recovery’ fuelled by debt.
“Ordinary people will be underwhelmed by this budget but worse than that, they will be no better off.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.