Wed 17 Mar 2004
WIN-WIN BUDGET - SAYS UNISON
Commenting on today's
Budget, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: "This is a win-win budget
for people and public services. Gordon Brown knows that by investing in our public
services he is investing in our future. He's had the courage and foresight to
plan further ahead than many politicians usually do. It will pay dividends in
years to come."
" Staff morale on the wards and in the classrooms
will be lifted by the Chancellor's determination to continue that investment.
And patients and children will reap the benefits. The Chancellor has made a conscious
decision to continue investment in our public services and a conscious decision
to reject the old Tory philosophy of tax cuts.
"For the first time we have
a government committed to long term investment in public services rather than
the Tory's stop/go policies that have characterised government since 1945."
Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary said "There is a clear difference between this
government investing in the future and the Tory pledges to cut billions from schools
and hospitals. The budget reflects Scottish people's priorities of better public
services, better schools and better hospitals.
"We particularly welcome
the Chancellor's specific commitment to early years education. Whilst we will
need to see how Scotland's share is to be apportioned, it is surely fair that
some of this money goes to pay those who deliver the early years care and education
on the front line. It looks to me as if CoSLA now has little or no reason not
to settle the nursery nurses dispute."
from Anne Mitchell - London - on 0207 383 0717 or Chris Bartter - Scotland - 07715