By Claire West
Responding to the budget announced this week by chancellor George Osborne, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:
“This was not a pro-growth budget, it was a free-market budget beyond the scale of Thatcher. It failed then and it will fail now.
“George Osborne is unleashing a dangerous economic experiment on the people of this country - the low paid, the unemployed, pensioners, our public servants.
“In fact, with a further cut in corporation tax, planning regulations relaxed, more profits for business and no guarantee on jobs or any pledge to reduce unemployment, this budget is the exact opposite of what is needed to get our economy back on track.
“Our economy is not growing and is not projected to. The government needs to urgently bring unemployment down to increase tax revenue and lower welfare payments.
“Osborne’s rhetoric on tax avoidance would be welcome if it represented any serious attempt to tackle the tax dodgers who deprive our public finances of tens of billions of pounds a year.
“The extra £1 billion a year clampdown on tax avoidance is hugely unambitious at a pitiful 0.8% of the total tax lost to our economy every year.
“Again, Osborne has represented the millionaires - on Saturday we’ll be representing the millions when we march for the alternative in London.”