As the BBC reports that “Government departments cut spending by £6.7bn more than they had planned in the year to March, according to official data from the Treasury”.
That article can be read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18744757
Disgracefully the BBC reports “The biggest underspend was in the National Health Service, which came in £1.7bn under budget”.
Every pound of that underspend represents an operation cancelled or postponed and means greater human suffering. That underspend could prevent ward, unit and hospital closures. So even within the government’s own cuts programme there is money that could employ people, increase pay, and alleviate suffering. This government has made the choice not to spend it. We have to force them to change that position.