News and Support from The NASUWT
Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget statement, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“The Budget Statement was the last chance in this parliament for the Chancellor to begin to rectify the terrible toll that the economic policies of his government have taken on vital public services, ordinary working families and some of the most vulnerable in society.
“Yet there was no respite for the 3.7 million children who are living in poverty as a result of this Coalition’s economic policies.
“There were no words of comfort for the thousands of families who are homeless.
“There were no plans to restore the vital specialist support services which have been reduced or lost as a result of deep cuts to local authority funding.
“There was no recognition of the teacher supply crisis as a result of the Coalition’s relentless attacks on teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions.
“It was a budget that clearly signalled business as usual. Our vital public services, including health and education, already reeling from five years of savage attacks on their budgets, should brace themselves for the Conservatives’ final assault, unless there is a change of political direction at the 2015 General Election.”