– Britain will cut half a million jobs, slash the welfare state and raise the retirement age as part of an unprecedented cost-cutting drive that will test the strength of both the economy and the ruling coalition.
Conservative finance minister George Osborne's spending review on Wednesday turned up the heat on the Liberal Democrat coalition partners and kept alive a debate about whether Britain's economic recovery can survive the cuts.
Unions reacted angrily but public protest in Britain in Britain has so far been muted compared with France, where unions are trying to force a retreat on pension reform with protests including blockades of fuel depots.
"Tackling this budget deficit is unavoidable. The decisions about how we do it are not. There are choices. And today we make them," Conservative finance minister George Osborne told parliament.
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:31 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
Wow, Britain is broke because of entitlements...Business Confidence is low in Britain. And the unions are upset because they are about to lose entitlements? Interesting...
The crackdown will include launching a new fraud investigation service, fining those who claim for benefits to which they are not entitled and removing benefits for three years from three-time offenders.
The finance minister has already said he will end child benefit payments for many higher earners in Britain, where welfare takes up a third of government spending.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:26 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Ohhh and it isn't just welfare/entitlements they are cutting...
"The military also faces cutbacks although Cameron has intervened in a row between the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence over the scale of defence cuts which are now expected at between seven and eight percent. "
OP do you see something wrong with cutting waste and attemptin to make a more efficient government?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:32 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:47 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Sweet, I have already answered/posted similar idea of cuts in your post yesterday... Soooo~Yes, cutting for waste and making a more efficient government would work. Raising the retirement age would also work, imo..
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:05 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
The lower classes in this country work til they DIE....now we want to work them some more? not for it. The government need to cut THEIR trash first...like their HEALTH CARE....free soda's , lunch budgets....
The middle class doesn't work their life, too? Really? Those examples you mentioned are all examples of wasteful spending...Those cuts you are mentioning are only a FRACTION of what is needed to reign in the government over spending and expanded entitlement programs with little financial oversight.....
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
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Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:43 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:49 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
There was NO REASON to ask if I was anti upper class....but ya DID because you THOUGHT it was my opinion...
I did for clarification on where you 'stood".. That is what one does when they DISCUSS and DEBATE... ;o) But you take it personally... LOL
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:50 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
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