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25 April 2012
Commenting on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on the economy issued today which shows that Britain is in a double dip recession, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:
"In the last two years, 40,000 more children have been plunged into poverty, millions of public sector workers have had their pay frozen and their pensions plundered, thousands of workers in public and private sectors have been thrown out of work and essential services have disappeared.
"All have been outrageously and unnecessarily sacrificed on the altar of this Coalition Government's economic policy, which the ONS figures issued today confirm is fundamentally flawed.
"The reason the country is facing a double dip recession is that a key driver of the Government's economic policy has not been about tackling the deficit, but using the deficit as a smokescreen to pursue the ideologically driven destruction of public services.
“The Government's economic policy has been carefully and deliberately designed to cut costs and make vital public services ripe for takeover by privateers who want to turn a fast buck and increase their profit margin at the expense of ordinary families and working people."