The Tories have made significant and unjustifiable cuts to our vital public services, and deny many are on the verge of collapse because of underfunding.
We should be so proud of our public services however, over the years we have watched them dwindle under Tory austerity – and with the Tories downgrading of the state we have seen the growth of the private sector.
There are so many examples of shrinking public services; policing has seen a loss of 20,000 officers under the Tories – yet crime is rising and we’ve just seen one of the worst spates of stabbings across London.
We all know the NHS is in crisis, being starved of funding and we’ve also seen the fire service lose 10,000 firefighter jobs. But it’s also valued jobs that aren’t spoken about loudly, health visitors providing fundamental care to young children and their parents, crown post office employees, train guards and community support officers.
So many services in the public sector have become frighteningly vulnerable under a Tory government and it simply cannot continue, but it doesn’t stop there, Tories have plans to bring spending down even further.
Labour believe in a fairer system, where our essential services are properly funded and protected. To do this, we would not ask ordinary households to pay more, instead we would crack down on tax avoidance through our Tax Transparency and Enforcement Programme. Increase corporation tax to 26 per cent, while still keeping it among the lowest of the major developed economies, raising £19.4bn a year.
Under Labour only the top 5% of earners will be asked to contribute more in tax to help raise £6bn a year to fund our public services.
These services are structure of our country, without them our communities would be so much poorer, we need to rescue them and reinvest in them.