Kent Green Party condemns the Budget as likely to prolong the recession and increase unemployment. Stuart Jeffery comments:
“Job losses mean less tax payment, less national insurance and less spending in the economy. Attempt to cut the Public Sector Deficit needed to be targeted to ensure minimum harm to basic services. But instead, the Government is relentlessly cutting local government and Higher Education. It could have stopped trunk road building, the national ID card scheme, subsidies to civil aviation and the nuclear industry and halved the immense Defence budget.
“The Government also needed to remove its cap on University places to prevent unemployment, and to ensure an expansion of skills to allow us to convert our economy to operate without dependence upon fossil fuels.
“We have already seen major increases in unemployment in Kent and Medway, in this recession:
Claimant count Sep 2008: 13688
Claimant count Feb 2010: 27536
Claimant count Sep 2008: 5505
Claimant count Feb 2010: 10208
“These Kent and Medway totals show unemployment in the County as a whole has broadly doubled over the last 17 months. And yet work which needs to be done is not still supported by this Budget: insulating all homes properly; putting Kent’s 22,000 empty homes into use; installing solar water and solar electric technology on every school and hospital; ensuring each local council can meet its statutory obligations and take powers and resources from quangos.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Stuart Jeffery, Campaigns Officer, Kent Green Party on 0797 0436 029 or 01622 808370. Contact address as above. Published and promoted for Kent Green Party by H. Dawe, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1X