The Chancellor of the Exchequer should have used his summer economic statement to invest in public services, including health and social care, to help speed the country back to recovery, a trade union has said.
Unison said that while Rishi Sunak (pictured) has “firmly closed the door on the damaging austerity of the past decade”, with plans to help business bring staff back from furlough and invest in skills, there’s “next to nothing” for public services and the workers who have “kept the country going during the pandemic”.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Proper investment in our public services would help speed the country back to recovery and more prosperous, certain times. It would heal over the deep cracks in care and the NHS exposed by the pandemic.
“With extra funds, national and local public services could provide many more jobs. A much-deserved early pay rise for health workers and council staff would mean money in their pockets to be spent on local high streets.
“Covid-19 has shown how much we all need public services. Funding them properly can help the economy and bring back the support and security to every community that’s long been missing.”