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Unions call for spending cuts rethink

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The Trades Union Congress called on the government to reconsider its plan of swingeing spending cuts to public services, and focus on other ways to reduce the deficit, such as a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions.

The TUC has published a report arguing the poorest families have been hit by more than 100 unfair spending cuts to services including education, health, housing and social care.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “We can only conclude that at least parts of the coalition are using the deficit as an excuse to secure the cuts in public services that they know that voters would have overwhelmingly rejected if faced with a manifesto that promised slash and burn.”

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