Edinburgh TUC Anti-Cuts Newsletter – Feb 2013

Featuring;

  • Cost control contributes to hundreds of deaths in Staffordshire
  • The growth in demand for food banks
  • Council leader Andrew Burns questioned at East Edinburgh public meeting

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Austerity plan pushes UK towards triple dip recession

Responding to the latest GDP growth figures today (Friday), which show that the UK economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in the last quarter of 2012, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

‘Today’s figures confirm our worst fears that the Chancellor’s austerity plan has pushed the UK economy to the brink of an unprecedented triple-dip recession. Continue reading

Support for benefit cuts dependent on ignorance, TUC-commissioned poll finds

Ministers cannot assume that voters will continue to back them in their plans to cap welfare benefit rises, according to a new poll commissioned by the TUC from YouGov and published today (Friday). Voters least able to give accurate answers about benefits are the most likely to back the government’s policy on cutting benefits. Continue reading

£13trillion hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “Countries around the world are under intense pressure to reduce their deficits and governments cannot afford to let so much wealth slip past into tax havens.

“Closing down the tax loopholes exploited by multinationals and the super-rich to avoid paying their fair share will reduce the deficit. This way the government can focus on stimulating the economy, rather than squeezing the life out of it with cuts and tax rises for the 99% of people who aren’t rich enough to avoid paying their taxes.”

Read the full Observer article here