FDA in the media: Budget 2016


Reacting to yesterday's 2016 Budget publication, the FDA issued a press release that was featured in more than 50 national and regional publications, including the Daily Mail and the Times.

General Secretary Dave Penman said:

"Once again, when the Chancellor's numbers don't add up he comes to the well of public services to drink again by announcing further budget cuts.

"It's only three months since departmental budgets were set and yet departments are now expected to deliver an additional £3.5bn of savings in 2019/20 through another efficiency review.

"But that's not all. By announcing a change to the discount rate on public sector pensions - without any consultation - they are effectively removing a further £2bn from public services and transferring it to the Treasury to give the illusion of a surplus: a political con trick that can only further damage public services.

"This Government have consistently failed to explain to taxpayers and public servants how the resources it allocates to match the commitments it makes, despite the promise to do so. Unfortunately for the Chancellor, his smoke and mirrors on the pension contributions can't hide the fact that the cuts are significantly worse than his headline announcement."

Read a sample of the coverage here:

Chancellor claws back £2bn in 'stealth raid' on pensions
The Times

Budget 2016: pensions tweak "will take £2bn from departmental budgets" says OBR - as unions blast "smoke and mirrors" move
Civil Service World

Public sector unions condemn new Budget pressures on pensions
Public Sector Executive

George Osborne accused of 'back door' raid on NHS and other spending areas
The Daily Mail
Belfast Telegraph
Basingstoke Gazette

Bittersweet Budget as 'cocktail' of risks derails fiscal plans
Yorkshire Post
Wear Valley Advertiser
Chester Le Street Advertiser
South Wales Guardian
Express and Star