Our economics team ran some tests to show the regional impact of cuts and illustrate the challenge of eliminating the deficit without punishing the poor.
If you cut social security payments by 10 per cent, for instance, they found the poorest areas were hit hardest. Household disposable income fell by 3.6 per cent in Merseyside and only 2.1 per cent in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Read more
While cowards flinch and traitors sneer, John Prescott keeps his red flag flying. His blog on the “collaborators” — John Hutton, Frank Field and Kate Hoey — helping the Tories has the ring of vintage Soviet propaganda.
“They’ve now turned a Con-Lib Government to a ConLibLab one and made themselves human shields for the most savage and heartless Tory policies in 20 years….I would ask if they can live with their conscience but I’d question whether they even had one to begin with.”
Look beyond the make-up on the public sector reform commission. John Hutton’s decision to chair it is a serious political coup for George Osborne. But the real shake-down is hidden in the small print.
Osborne said Hutton’s interim report in September will look at the “the early steps we can take to save costs”. The full remit goes a bit further: Read more