Commenting on the news that the UK economy contracted further than expected at the end of 2012 Kevan Nelson, Head of UNISON in the North West, said:
“Last week even the Office for Budget Responsibility – set up by this Coalition Government – confirmed that Cameron’s cuts agenda was holding back economic growth.
“Today’s figures continue to demonstrate that the Prime Minister must put the interests of the country first and initiate a programme of public spending to get the economy working again and avoid a triple-dip recession created in Downing Street.
“Next week’s Budget should be used to outline a bold strategy for jobs and growth. We know that drastic public service job cuts have caused chaos in our communities. Lift the threat of unemployment and people will start buying again, boosting our hard hit manufacturing industry. Give public sector workers a decent pay rise and more money will flow through to local shops and businesses, helping our beleaguered high streets.