The worst of the job cuts may be over, but there is still no commitment to rebuilding public services
Despite some cautious indications that the worst of the public sector job cuts may be over, local government is still being hammered, pay is still being suppressed and the future for many workers is still precarious.
After eight years of being beaten down by austerity, the once-unacceptable has now been normalised. The relentless attrition upon adults’ and children’s services, including the loss of 70,000 local authority care jobs since 2009, has become framed as merely the annual round of difficult decisions, rather than the withdrawal of essential services for the most vulnerable. Even the shocking realisation that austerity is shortening lives has caused barely a ripple.