Today’s (Thursday 5 December) autumn statement signalled that George Osborne’s chill wind will blast generations to come, impoverish communities and put family finances in the deep freeze, warned Britain’s largest union, Unite.
Commenting on the autumn statement, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The chill wind of George Osborne’s statement will blast generations to come and put family budgets in the deep freeze as the cost of living crisis deepens.
“This chancellor is ‘King Con’. His ‘responsible’ recovery is nothing of the sort. Turbocharged by crippling levels of personal debt, it fills the wallets of the wealthy while food bank use soars.
“The autumn statement was an opportunity for the government to say we back the people of Britain. Instead, in a country with the longest working hours in Europe, Osborne delivered a ‘work until you drop’ demand to our young and took the axe to services we rely on and hold dear.
“If you're under 40 in this country, this government is very clearly not on your side. Wages are dropping, homes are a pipe dream and now you'll work until you are 70.
“Where was the hope and measures to put money in people’s pockets, like raising the minimum wage by £1.50 an hour? Working people tell us they are borrowing £660 per month, not for luxuries but simply to get by. Where was the help for them today?
“This miserable statement means an unhappy Christmas for ordinary people and more needless pain for many in the New Year and years to come."
For further information contact Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.
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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.