If the need hasn’t gone away, why should the services?

2011 budget briefing
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Budget 2011. Briefing for councillors.

Cuts are not inevitable. They are not needed and they are likely to damage the economy further just when services are most needed. It is not just UNISON saying that. Respected economists such as Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman and David Blanchflower all say that public service cuts will damage the fragile recovery by increasing unemployment, reducing tax receipts and significantly decreasing spending in the local economy.