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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Living standards squeezed by pay & benefit cuts

A joint survey by PCS and UNISON of more than 10,000 public sector workers, has confirmed the drastic impact of Con Dem austerity measures on the living standards of public sector workers across the UK:

The interim report shows a third of respondents have personal debts of £10,000 or more. As money coming in has grown tighter and the cost of living has risen, 71% cut down spending on food, 33% on vital healthcare such as dentists and prescriptions, 22% on children’s footwear and clothes, 47% cut down spending on keeping fit, while 89% reduced spending on going out.