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Billions to be cut from public services

Issue No. 2209

The reality of the cuts is starting to hit home.

New figures suggest that some departments could face 40 percent cuts meaning disaster for the poorest.

Cutting £13.4 billion from education could mean:

  • sacking 50,000 teaching assistants, saving £750 million
  • axing free school meals, depriving the poorest children of decent food and only saving £120 million

Local government cuts could include:

  • all visits by social workers stopped, putting vulnerable children and adults in danger
  • the closure of swimming pools, libraries, adult learning centres and parks.

Universities are also in the firing line—students will be charged more to study with further departmental cuts.

Work and pensions budget cuts could mean lower levels of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Winter Fuel Allowance.

While people will be losing their jobs across society, the government will close job centres to save cash. Genius.

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