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Huge Public Support For Anti-Austerity Policies

Friday, October 26, 2018

HUGE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR ANTI-AUSTERITY POLICIES IN BUDGET, GMB EXCLUSIVE POLL REVEALS

After PM announced the end of austerity, poll shows even Conservative voters think it’s time to give public sector workers a pay rise

The British public overwhelmingly support measures to end austerity in next week’s Budget, exclusive polling by Survation for GMB reveals.

The results also show a large majority of people (68%) backed a real terms pay rise for millions of public sector workers.

Those polled also wanted the Chancellor to announce the following measures:

  • Increased public investment in in infrastructure such as roads, railways and school buildings (77%)
  • Real terms increases in spending on public services (76%)
  • Increased funding from central government for local councils (72%)
  • Plans to reopen public services that have been closed (67%) [1]

The polling shows what the public believes ‘ending austerity’ means in practice, with most saying increasing spending on public services (65%), increasing public sector wages (61%), reopening services which have closed (58%), increasing infrastructure investment (68%) and more money for councils (67%). [2]

After Theresa May announced an end to austerity [3] the polling shows 80% of those who voted Conservative in 2017 said they wanted to see real terms increases in spending on public services announced in the Budget next week, with 61% wanting plans to reopen services which have previously closed.

Survation, who carried out the poll on behalf of GMB, were the only major polling company to accurately predict the outcome of last year’s general election.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“This polling shows people have simply had enough of austerity and now expect the Prime Minister to deliver on her promise to put an end to it.

"The cuts, the pinching and the squeezing have gone on for far too long - it’s time to put a stop to the government’s disastrous austerity experiment that has already caused so much harm.

“The Chancellor must use his Budget to press ahead with proper investment in our crumbling infrastructure, funding for our public services instead of leaving them to rot, and giving our hard working public sector workers the pay rise they deserve after nearly a decade of real terms wage cuts.

“Overwhelming numbers of voters who backed the Conservatives at the last election expect the Prime Minister to keep her promise to put an end to austerity."

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%

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[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%

8%

5%

[3] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-austerity-end-over-speech-conservative-conference-tory-labour-a8566526.html

Survation interviewed 1,053 people online on 22nd-23rd October 2018. Data were weighted to the profile of all UK adults aged 18+. Survation are a member of the British Polling Council and abide by their rules.

https://www.survation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/GMB-Austerity-final-tables.pdf

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