Union: Osborne 'is borrowing more for failure'

While his mantra is that he is dealing with our debts, the fact is George Osborne is actually borrowing more for failure and has led our economy into the longest and deepest slump since the 1870s.

He is not only incompetent and wildly out of touch, Osborne has been disastrous for our communities, with half a million of our friends and neighbours now relying on food banks to get by.

Despite all the evidence that austerity is making things worse not better, Osborne is slashing billions more from government departments, including cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants for many years to come.

By ploughing ahead with more cuts, instead of investment to help our economy to grow, Osborne has proved he is a failed chancellor who is putting politics before the needs of the country.

– Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka

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Osborne curbs welfare benefits

The newly unemployed will have to wait at least seven days before they are able to sign on, under a series of changes to welfare benefits announced by the Chancellor. A new welfare cap will be set from 2015 and OAP expats face losing fuel payments.