More pain and little gain for workers today, says UNISON

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More pain and little gain for workers today, says UNISON
 

Commenting on today’s Budget: Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:

"For five years of pain, there appears to be very little gain on offer today for ordinary workers.

"With more money than expected at his disposal, the Chancellor could have called time on the government’s damaging austerity policies.

“Savage spending cuts have forced many local services to close as council and police budgets are squeezed, and hospitals struggle to cope with unprecedented demand at a time of diminishing resources.

"But sadly there's no light at the end of the tunnel. Instead, if the Conservatives are re-elected in May, there'll be five more years of painful cuts, with the most deprived areas of the country continuing to be hit the hardest.

"There's been much talk of growth today but millions of public servants continue to feel shut out of the recovery. For many people trapped in low-wage jobs with unpredictable hours, the good times
seem a long way off.”

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Wednesday 18th March 2015

For Immediate release

Populist proposal could become the next pensions nightmare, says UNISON

Commenting on the Budget proposals that will give pensioners with annuities the right to cash them in, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Being able to cash in annuities that provide a guaranteed income in retirement might seem like a good idea for some, but it's a move fraught with risk for millions of pensioners.

“Retired people could fall victim to scamming by unscrupulous types keen to get their hands on pensioners' hard-earned cash.

“There’s also a danger that pensioners will run out of money – leaving them with many years where their only income is state benefits.

“This vote-winning ploy from the Chancellor risks creating another mis-selling pensions disaster, just like the one in the late 1980s. It's a populist proposal that is in danger of becoming a pensions nightmare for many.”

ENDS

Contact details:
      
Simon Holder, Area Organiser (Campaigns and Communications)
Email – s.holder@unison.co.uk
Direct Line - 0121 685 3105
Mobile 07946555174

Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary
Email - r.subramanian@unison.co.uk
Direct Line - 0121 685 3170
Mobile- 0790 434 3342