Austerity

Since austerity measures were introduced by the Conservatives in 2010 we’ve lost:

3,230 Mental Health Practitioners.
343 Libraries (with a further 141 under threat).
19,000 Police Officers.
9000 Fire Fighters
40,969 Armed Forces Personnel.
64 Museums.
214 Playgrounds.
380 Care Home Firms.
2,900 Bus Routes.
During those 7 years:
The national debt has increased by £0.7 Trillion.
The number of food parcels given out by the Trussell Trust, has gone up from 41,000 to 1.2 million.
The number of rough sleepers has doubled to 4,134.
The number of people on zero hours contracts has risen from less than 200,000 to more than 900,000.
In 2015-2016 alone, Apple, Amazon, eBay, Google and Facebook avoided paying approx £1 billion in corporation tax.
George Osborne, the architect of austerity, earned £941,586 for making speeches, and a £650,000 salary as a financial adviser (in the year after he was sacked).

And here’s a selection of Conservative party slogans over the last few years, to make the above figures easier to swallow:

A brighter, more secure future.
We are with you.
I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS.
Strong and stable.
We’re all in this together.
Lets stay on the road to a stronger economy.
A stronger Britain, a prosperous future.
Forward together.
Let’s get on with the job.

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