Commenting on the spring statement today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“As usual there was little for struggling local services. Schools, social care, hospitals and youth services are all begging for extra resources.

“Urgent help is needed to deal with growing problems caused by almost a decade of harsh spending cuts. But a government paralysed by Brexit is unable to respond to their plight.

“The Chancellor’s statement will be swiftly forgotten, but the consequences of inaction will continue to scar communities for generations to come.”