PCS on Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

December 5, 2013 in News

Republished from PCS website The chancellor has today announced more cuts in government departmental budgets and an increase in state pension age. George Osborne said in his autumn statement that UK state pension age is to increase more rapidly to 68, making it one of the highest in the developed world. State pension age will increase to 68 in the mid-2030s and to 69 in the late 2040s. In future, civil service pension age will be linked to state pension age. This means that people in their 40s will not receive a full civil service pension until they are 68, […]

‘Nothings got worse since austerity took hold’ – Really?!

October 11, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

A BBC survey purported to show that over 40% of those interviewed had not noticed a change to local government services since austerity took hold. Some even thought services had improved! Yet we all know of closures to libraries, swimming pools, reduced council facilities and the rest. Even the BBC website has stories from leading councillors believing councils will run out of money (‘Budget cuts could make councils ‘go bust’ says senior councillor’ here ‘Councils in England and Wales have “run out of money and the system is bust”, said the head of the Local Government Association’ here Liverpool mayor claims ‘city could be bankrupt […]