30 Nov '12, 3pm

Austerity is undermining better, preventative approaches to many of our social problems

Austerity is undermining better, preventative approaches to many of our social problems

Next week the Chancellor of the Exchequer will present his autumn statement. As a result of the double-dip recession and slow economic recovery, we are being softened up for additional austerity measures in the increasingly desperate hope that the Government will hit its target to reduce the national debt. As the report suggests, this approach is unsustainable, but it is not inevitable. As the authors ponder: “What if government facing a structural economic crisis with falling revenues and unsustainable costs set out on a path towards a better future, guided by a positive vision of the importance of early investment in people? What if there were a recognition that austerity measures which disregard longer-term economic and social costs, kill growth; they don’t reduce the national debt, they add to it.”

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2012/11/30/we-need-a-pos...

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