We cannot live with many more cuts
I LIVE in Hillingdon and have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness.
I have been waiting months for treatment and because of the cuts to the service I have not been able to get the support that I need.
Please remember the ‘highlights’ of the record of the coalition government when you vote on May 7.
In 2010, there was a two-year public sector pay freeze, which is a pay cut when there is inflation.
In October, the Education Maintenance Allowance was abolished. In November, legal aid was slashed. In December, university tuition fees trebled.
In 2011, VAT was put up to 20 per cent, pension rights for the public sector were cut. Employment rights were eroded as employers could now sack people in the first two years of employment. In November, youth unemployment hit one million.
In 2012, the Health and Social Care Act gave the green light to NHS privatisation.
In March 2013, house building fell to an all time low record. In April the bedroom tax was introduced and Iain Duncan Smith slashed benefits, while 13,000 millionaires received a tax cut of £100,000. In October the Royal Mail was sold off too cheaply.
In July a massive growth in zero hours contracts was recorded and fees to go to an employment tribunal were increased to £1,250 in some cases.
In November, benefit sanctions soared, leaving many having to go to food banks and some claimants committed suicide.
In August 2014, economists said it was the worst ‘recovery’ in 300 years using ONS data.
In 2015 we desperately need a change of government.
JK Rowling said that when her life ‘hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Major’s government, was there to break the fall’.
Please, I ask of your readers, take into account people less fortunate than yourself when you cast your vote. We cannot cope with more years of cuts, cuts, cuts.