Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to comments by Climate Change Minister Greg Barker that the government is “making cuts that Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s could only have dreamt of” said:
“Greg Barker has let the cat out the bag about the ideological agenda behind this Tory-led government’s deep cuts to public services.
“But while Conservatives might dream about deep cuts, for millions of families it’s more like a nightmare. From this week millions will see cuts to their tax credits and childcare support as well as cuts to services they rely on like children’s centres and libraries.
“As Nick Clegg himself admitted last month, it was the government’s political choice to cut further and faster than any other major country in the world. There have to be tough choices to get the deficit down, but by going too deep and too fast George Osborne is hitting families hard and holding back an economy which should be growing strongly this year. With higher unemployment and slower growth meaning the government will now have to borrow £46 billion more, it’s clear that these deep cuts are not only hurting, they’re also not working.”