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Remember the poor

The Coalition Government’s cutbacks, as they seek to master the huge national debt, are just beginning to bite. The impact on society over coming years will be immense.

John Benton

The Prime Minister has insisted that he has done his best to spread the load fairly. Others feel that a disproportionate burden has fallen on the poor. While leaving it to the economists to haggle over the figures, the bottom line is that many people are now losing their jobs. There is talk of some 500,000 public sector jobs going. One EN correspondent said they have two families in their church in real difficulty following redundancy. Both have children. The church is trying to help, but in their borough there are hundreds of people seeking employment and the chances of getting work look slim.