Austerity is a policy that aims to transfer resources away from the most disadvantaged and undermine social justice.
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Unfair Burden of Cuts
Since 2010 the UK Government has announced a series of severe cuts to benefits and to local government and social care.
Unfair Targeting of Cuts
Since 2010 the UK Government has carried out a series of cuts or 'welfare reforms' reducing the incomes of disabled people and people in poverty.
Since 2010 the UK Government has increased funding in some areas, protected funding in other areas and severely targeted funding in others.
Benefit Fraud is Tiny
Benefit fraud is minuscule; in statistical terms it is insignificant. Tax fraud and tax avoidance are the real problems.
Poor Pay Different Taxes
The poor pay a higher rate of tax than the rich. Essentially the poor are paying higher taxes, because they are paying different taxes to the rich.
Inequality and Poverty
In 2016 the poorest 6.5 million individuals in the UK lived on an average of £51 per week after tax, that's about £7 per day.
The Poor Pay the Most Tax
The very high levels of indirect taxes mean that the poorest 10% of the population pay about 11% more in tax than the rest of the population.
Real Cost of Benefits
Spending on benefits and pensions is often exaggerated by politicians by only referring to the gross cost, before people pay taxes.
The UK is one of the most unequal developed countries in the world. Inequality effectively doubled in the 1980s &1990s and has continued at these extreme levels ever since.
Disabled People Hit by Multiple Cuts
Part of the report Counting the Cuts in 2014, which calculated the cumulative impact of the UK's austerity policies on disabled people and people in poverty.