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Budget 'More Trick Than Treat'

Monday, October 29, 2018

BUDGET ‘MORE TRICK THAN TREAT’ AS AMAZON LET OFF AND POTHOLES TO GET MORE THAN PUPILS

I don't know how the Government have the cheek to say austerity is over then deliver this budget with a straight face says GMB Union

GMB, Britain’s general union, has branded Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget ‘more trick than treat’ after Amazon were given a free pass until 2020 at least and school children were handed a pittance.

The Chancellor announced a new digital services tax which gives the likes of Amazon a free pass until at least 2020.

Meanwhile the UK’s desperately under-funded education system was handed a one off payment of just £400 million – less that £50 per pupil.

This means a higher proximity in the Budget for potholes and public toilets than the nation's children. 

The British public overwhelmingly support measures to end austerity as exclusive polling by Survation for GMB revealed this weekend. [1]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“It's apt that this budget comes right before Halloween because it's certainly more trick than treat, and dare I say the devil is in the detail.

“The Chancellor had a chance today to make corporate giants like Amazon pay their way but instead chose to go so 'softly' I'm not sure they'll even notice.

“I don't remember this government going so softly when it came to local government budgets and public sector pay. 

It's a scandal when potholes get more than pupils. I don't know how the Government have the cheek to say austerity is over then deliver this budget with a straight face. The public simply will not buy it."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press office on 07958 156846 or at press@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1]

To what extent would you support or oppose the following policies being included in the upcoming Autumn Budget?

 

Support

Neither support nor oppose

Oppose

Don’t know

Plans to reopen public services that have been closed

67%

22%

7%

4%

Real terms increases in the wages of public sector workers

68%

20%

8%

3%

Increased public investment in in infrastructure such as roads, railways and school buildings

77%

15%

4%

3%

Real terms increases in spending on public services

76%

16%

6%

3%

Increased funding from central government for local councils

72%

17%

7%

4

[2] To what extent do you agree or disagree that the following policies are necessary conditions for the end of austerity?

 

Agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree

Don’t know

Real terms increases in spending on public services

65%

20%

10%

5%

Increased funding from central government for local councils

67%

19%

9%

5%

Real terms increases in the wages of public sector workers

61%

21%

12%

6%

Plans to reopen public services that have been closed

58%

24%

12%

6%

Increased public investment in in infrastructure such as roads, railways and school buildings

68%

19

   

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