General secretary Alan Jinkinson said:
'Chancellor Clarke claims to be controlling public service spending to keep inflation low. But inflation in not under control. Billions of pounds of public money is being wasted by keeping people on the dole instead of getting them back to work and improving our public services.
'He has systematically drained the public services of funds, reduced services, privatised and increased central control over spending by local authorities and the health service. He has betrayed the British public. We want him to take steps in the budget to increase funding for the public services and thus create jobs.'
'Local government spending has been cut year on year and the 1995/96 settlement amounted to a virtual cash freeze. Councils will be spending £2.1bn more than the government figure for total standard spending. And they need about 3% extra for next year, not allowing for inflation, just to stand still.'