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The alternative to cuts in public services

Billions are lost every year through tax evasion and tax avoidance by big business and wealthy individuals

Another £27.7 billion is uncollected every year by HM Revenue & Customs, because of cuts in staff

Introducing a Robin Hood Tax - a tiny 0.05 per cent tax on financial speculators - could raise $400 billion globally

Almost £2billion is being spent on privatising the NHS The public now owns several banks - their profits should be used to invest in public services

Stopping the replacement of, for example, Trident, would save £78 billion

Cracking down hard on the obscene bonuses of bankers – who caused this mess in the first place – would raise billions more.

Cutting public services only creates MORE unemployment and increases the benefits bill. Growing the economy and creating jobs in both the private and public sectors is the sensible way to achieve sustainable recovery.

WELCOME to ‘Proud to serve the public'

'Proud to serve the public’ is a North West campaign to protect and promote public services in our Region. We believe public services are a vital part of the North West economy. They create jobs, stimulate growth and investment, protect the most vulnerable and are valued by millions of hard-working people in the North West.

Public services did not cause the recession. So why should public servants – and the public they are proud to serve – now pay the price for the recklessness and greed of the financiers and bankers?

The threatened cuts in public spending will cause higher unemployment and increase the amount we spend on paying-out benefits. With existing bills such as council tax, car hpi checks, insurance, rates going up, cuts will worsen services, stifle recovery and affect the lives of millions of people in our Region.