The effects of Conservative policy 2010-2017

  • The national debt has nearly doubled to over £1.8tn (source)
  • There has been a monumental increase in the use of food banks, where hard-working families can no longer afford the food they need (source)
  • 55% increase in homelessness (source)
  • Massive increase in Child Poverty (source)
  • The wealth of richest families has doubled, while real-term wages fell for ordinary people (source)
  • “Fit for work” assessments and cuts to disability benefits have endangered the lives of thousands of disabled people (some would say thousands of deaths have resulted directly from these cuts, I’ll leave that up to opinion) (source)
  • The biggest top-down reorganisation in NHS history with the Health and Social Care act. Since implementing the act NHS trusts have gone from surplus to deficit (source)
  • Hospitals, Accident and Emergency centers and maternity wards face downgrades and closures all across the country (source)
  • An unsafe contract was forced on junior doctors, resulting in some of the worst strikes in NHS history (source)
  • Royal Mail and East Coast Rail sold off even though both were returning a profit for the taxpayer (source), (source)
  • Taxpayers’ stake in RBS sold off for a £1bn loss (source)
  • Tens of thousands of front-line police officers axed (source) along with tens of thousands of armed forces personnel (source). Add this to the teacher recruitment crisis (source), fire service cuts (source) and cuts to nursing bursaries (source) and you have a recipe for disaster in several of our front-line services.
  • Cuts to local council budgets have meant hundreds of library closures (source)