Along with the claim that austerity was unavoidable, one of the myths of the previous coalition government was that we were ‘all in this together’ – implying that the pain of their policies was ‘equally shared’ across different parts of the population.
And the same rhetoric has continued under the Conservative government since 2015.
The facts tell a different story. For example, since 2010, the number of people employed by Calderdale Council has fallen by almost 1300. By contrast, central Government now employs MORE people than it did in 2010.
The chart below shows the trends in employment by national and local government. The blue line shows that central Government employment is now on an upwards trajectory and is higher than when the coalition came to power in 2010 – whilst local government staffing has steadily fallen.
So local council staff – that’s the people who look after our parks, work in our libraries, run our children’s centres and nurseries, care for older people and the vulnerable – they are the ones targeted by the Conservatives for cuts. Not central Government.
All in it together? We don’t think so!