Reason 7: They’re Running our Public Services into the Ground
There’s a myth, promoted by the austerity orthodoxy, that we spend too much on our public services. The fact is we spend far below the average of other EU-15 countries.
On a per capita basis, we spend 23 percent less on public services (health, education, police, local authority, recreation, etc.) than the average of other EU-15 countries. We’d have to increase spending on public services by €8 billion just to reach the average of other EU-15 countries.
If we compare ourselves (as the IMF does) with countries with a similar economy to ours – small, open, heavily reliant on exports – we’d have to spend an incredible €18 billion just to reach their average.
The Government claims we must make do with less. They intend to continue cutting public services up to 2015. When will they learn – cutting public services is not part of the solution, it is part of the problem: the problem of low growth, high unemployment and high debt.
 EU Commission Projections for 2013 expenditure; numbers based on arithmetic average.
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