Target: George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Goal: Cancel billion dollar austerity measures targeting essential public services spending
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently announced £11.5 billion in spending cuts for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which will hit people of the middle class and low income levels the hardest. Please take a stand and demand that Chancellor Osborne cancel these disproportionate austerity measures.
Osborne has been criticized for showing an unusual lack of paperwork to justify these billions of cuts that include hits to jobs in the public sector. It is estimated that 144,000 of these public sector jobs will be cut. Public safety will also suffer due to reductions to the budgets of police departments. Schools and teachers will also feel the sting of austerity since £500 million will be slashed from education.
Public services like street cleaning, garbage collecting, park maintenance, and youth clubs will also suffer. According to Richard Kemp, the former vice chairman of the Local Government Association, “These are the cuts that everyone will see.” Services for the disabled will also feel the effects, and “proportionately poorer areas areas are seeing their budgets cuts by more,” says Kemp.
But not everyone will feel these cuts, UK spy agencies like MI5, MI6, and Government Communications Headquarters will be receiving a £154 million bonus. These increases have been highly scrutinized in the wake of Britain’s involvement in the NSA scandal, and serve to indicate where the Chancellor’s priorities are. Please sign this petition condemning and urging the repeal of these unjust budget cuts that target the poor and middle class.
Dear UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne,
While I understand the difficult task you are dealt with in configuring a budget that must close the UK’s deficit, the austerity measures you proposed for the 2015-16 public spending budget is unacceptable. I am disappointed in budget reductions that will hit local government and welfare the hardest. Cutting the deficit at the expense of those who should not be forced to carry the burden, is simply unfair and must be corrected.
Your budget reveals where your priorities lie, which is not with public safety, education, or health care, but with intelligence agencies like MI5, MI6, and Government Communications Headquarters. While millions of civil servants, doctors, and teachers will not be receiving the automatic pay raises they’ve earned, these spy agencies will receive a 3.4 percent increase in funding.
This budgetary imbalance is simply unfair and unjustified since you have been faulted with not providing enough documentary support for these cuts. It should be doctors and teachers that receive bonuses, and not agencies that eavesdrop on phone calls and violate privacy. Please restore funds that benefit UK citizens, not surveil them, and cancel these problematic budget cuts.
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