Budget: Lots of smoke and mirrors but no solutions to the cost-of-living crisis nor the urgent need to tackle climate change
• Millions of workers are facing a real-terms pay cut, with inflation rising, spiralling energy costs, National Insurance increases and removal of £20 Universal Credit uplift
• No significant new announcements on green recovery leaving the UK trailing other OECD nations.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“Average earnings have only just returned to their 2009 level but now the Chancellor is quite clearly anticipating future cuts in real terms public sector pay. This despite the heroism of our key workers and a recruitment crisis in public services such as Care. The minimum wage uplift will soon be sucked up by rising inflation, National Insurance increase and removal of £20 Universal Credit uplift. The reduction in the Universal Credit taper will help some, but not all. The Chancellor is still stealing £4 billion from the pockets of working people while cutting taxes on banks and while companies like Amazon pile up the profits without paying fair taxes.
“Industrial action is inevitable, and we will support all workers who strike for pay justice.
“This Chancellor is adept at recycling announcements, but his record on green investment is truly awful. Despite the Sunak’s claims to the contrary, there is no infrastructure revolution. On the eve of the COP, we should have been hearing of major new funding for transport, housing retrofit and energy. Instead, Scotland and the UK are being left behind and it is our environment and our future that will be the casualty.”
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