Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has accused Chancellor George Osborne of continuing an unprecedented ideological attack on the state with Britain’s young people on the frontline of his divisive cuts.
George Osborne has revealed that he is planning £12 billion of extra welfare cuts from 2015 to 2017 as part of a total of package £25 billion of cuts.
Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “We have entered the New Year, but Britain is saddled with the same old Tory politics of kicking the most vulnerable while helping Britain’s elite.
“George Osborne is continuing an unprecedented ideological attack on the role of the state with Britain’s young people on the frontline.
“This is the party that cut the top rate of tax and defends bankers' bonuses but food banks are already straining to cope and will see demand swell as the cost of living crisis continues.
“The chancellor has said nothing today that will ease the pain being felt by millions of households struggling to make ends meet. Nor has he set out how he will support almost one million unemployed young people who he is kicking once again with more welfare cuts.
“Tories offer support for the top one per cent who hardly use public services, tax credits or benefits but are so removed from reality they make hard choices for everyone else. The four in five voters who do not believe the Tories are on their side will have their fears roundly confirmed today.”
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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.