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How have the cuts affected the UK ?

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  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes PROFESSIONAL

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    I want to ask to members living in the UK how the cuts made by your government have affected your life,the public services etc.
    I was debating with someone saying that we need to follow Uk's exemple and reduce massively the public spending (Which represents something like ~56% of our GDP!) and cut many public jobs.
    Cameron had the guts to cut 500.000 public sector jobs. I dare you to try to cut 1.500 jobs over here and we will strike in the street and have many chances it will end during many days in an urban warfare with the police until finally the government gives up.
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  3. Frogman

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    Public services that were already over stressed due to systemic mismanagement are now on the brink of failure due to austerity. In particular the National Health Service is feeling the pain with general practitioners clinics either completely full or overflowing meaning docs and nurses alike work ridiculous hours. Hospitals aren't in much better shape with a decrease in the number of total beds available and the closure of accident and emergency locations biting hard. Planning a surgery may take months (or even over a year in some cases) and ambulance deployment times and the frequency at which they deploy has taken a hit. Basically a complete and utter shit show.

    The Police/Home Office has been tasked to do more with less, meaning less coppers on visible patrols due to cuts in personnel. Large protests in London for instance requires riot Police to deploy from around the UK to ensure it can safely go on. There is a shortage of armed officers in everywhere but London which has obvious implications. Plus, a lot of the work has been shifted to private contractors (particularly G4S) which is a pattern with the current gov (and pretty much any other Conservative gov in recent history).

    There are a million and one examples of how negatively the average middle and lower class Brit has been adversely effected by these cuts and some blatant cronyism.
     
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    Please don't follow the UK government's example. Yes some headway was made in reducing the ridiculous welfare bill, but the bedroom tax, the freezing of funding to essential services such as teaching, the police etc have led us down a spiral which is now beginning to impact us all. At he very same time corporations are being given a free ride, the tax paid by the elite is pennies and we are fast becoming a society of inequality. Now the conservatives are attacking the middle class by raiding pensions (tax relief) and penalising those with second homes.
    As for cutting the plush civil servant jobs, only the low rank and file were hit. Many of the bosses are still on massively overinflated salaries, and even when they fail to hit targets they are simply moved elsewhere due to political affiliation. What happened here was just cosmetics, the real rot is still there.
     
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  5. Abingdonboy

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    For me the rise in tution fees is probably how I have been affected most personally. We are now paying the second highest tution fees in the world as a nation (£8000 on average per year) and I have had to pay the full £9000 for all my years at uni.

    I also have to say the NHS was always in dire straits but my recent exposure to the public medical services has been nothing but appalling at A&E, outpatient wards and and GP's surgeries. My family have now taken out private healthcare as a direct result of our expereinces in the past 18 months.
     
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