Commenting on the Chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said the following:
“It’s a bit rich for this multi-millionaire Chancellor to lecture hard working public service workers, who are relying on receiving a modest pension, about irresponsibility.
“The Chancellor and the Coalition Government have cornered the market in irresponsibility to the detriment of young people, ordinary families and economic growth.
“It is irresponsible to slash public spending leading to loss of thousands of jobs in schools and school support services and across the economy.
“It is irresponsible to be freezing council tax, whilst at the same time reducing local authorities’ ability to spend money which is heaping more and more pressure on schools and teachers.
“It is irresponsible to be withholding information on the affordability of public service pension schemes and deliberately misleading the public about their cost.
“Its time this Coalition told the public the truth.”