STUC on Spending Review and Autumn Statement

November 25th 2015

Speaking after the Chancellor had announced his Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

“Once again the Chancellor has used selective statistics to overstate both the strength of the recovery and the extent to which the benefits of recovery are being shared. Scotland’s workers, especially the low paid, will struggle to reconcile the glowing economic picture he painted with the reality of their daily lives.

“The STUC welcomes the Chancellor’s climb down on tax credits but it’s important that his decision to persist with cuts to Universal Credit isn’t lost in the post announcement frenzy. Many low income households will still experience significant losses albeit in the slightly longer-term. The STUC will study the detail on this and other issues over the coming days.

“The Spending Review confirms a significant cumulative real terms cut of 5% by 2020-21 in resource expenditure available to the Scottish Government. This presents huge challenges in sustaining excellent public services. A decade of very low or no real terms pay increases for public sector pay simply isn’t sustainable.

ENDS

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