by Ian Shires on 20 April, 2017
Continued austerity measures are hitting hard working people across the UK whilst the super-rich have seen their net worth more than double. Don’t let the Tories gloss over the facts under the smokescreen of BREXIT!
Since the last General Election in 2015 the Tories have ensured that the richest in the land have benefited whilst the rest of struggle to just about manage or worse. The gap between the haves and the have not’s is wider than ever.
Cuts to local government continue at a pace and there is no end in sight as long as a Tory Government is in power at Westminster.
“Here in Walsall the council is faced with cutting a further £86 million from its budgets between now and 2020.” said Cllr Ian Shires leader of the Liberal Democrats in coalition with Labour in the town since last May.
And it doesn’t stop there. Theresa May’s Government are slashing schools’ budgets whilst at the same time miraculously finding the money to open new grammar schools. “Schools in Walsall are set to see their budgets slashed by over £19 million at a time when pupil numbers are on the increase.” said Cllr Shires.
Perhaps the most blatant utterings from the Tories has been centred around the NHS. People seem to have short memories.
Around this time last year there was a big red bus touring the country with the slogan “We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead” put your hand up if you fell for this?
In only took until October for the penny to drop. At that time the first public reports on NHS England’s Sustainable Transformation Plans hit our street. They blatantly stated that by 2021 our NHS needed to spend £10bn a year less. Later versions had this little-known fact redacted.
No matter, the cat was out of the bag, far from investing £350 million a week the Tories were planning to bleed the NHS dry and force through ever more privatisation. In the Black Country version, we are told that even with their cost cutting plans there was a massive £178million funding gap plus NHS bosses expected local authorities to find a further £188million from their hard-pressed social care budgets.
The police service has also taken a battering from the Tories. Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales have said with more savings needed there will need to be a fundamental rethink on how we are organised, the service we offer the public, and the roles and skills needed.”
The analysis shows that:
In the meantime:
Whilst this has been going on, the super-rich in this country have got richer and richer at the expense of the rest. Since the start of the financial crisis their net worth has more than doubled. The top 1% of households holds around 20% of all household wealth. Younger generations are on course to have less wealth at each point in life than earlier generations and inheritances do little to even out wealth holdings.
Whilst the Tories have been busy imposing austerity on the masses they have been busy looking after their friends the super-rich by:
The richest will reap 80% of the rewards from the tax and benefit changes that started to come into effect this month, while the poorest will become worse off, according to detailed analysis by the Resolution Foundation.
The independent think-tank’s research shows that the effect of £2bn of income tax cuts and more than £1bn of welfare cuts will add up to a huge transfer of wealth from low- and middle-income households to richer ones.
The reforms, set in train by former chancellor George Osborne, run directly contrary to the political mantra of Theresa May, who has said she wants to govern in the interests of everyone and not just the privileged few. No wonder she doesn’t want to attend any Televised events when overall most of the additional support will benefit the better-off. The impact of the changes mean that:
This graphically illustrates that the Tories have amassed a great deal of baggage in a very short time. Couple this with signs that the economy is starting to take a turn for the worse with inflation kicking in as prices in the shops rise. You have to ask how Theresa May can claim as she does that her Government is looking after those who were “Just About Managing”.Leave a comment