Our third and final hustings post of today comes from Peter Allen, the Green Party candidate.
I am employed as an Advice Worker in Manchester and every day I see the misery and worry caused by the Government cuts and by unemployment.
The Green Party has a fully costed set of policies which do not involve cuts in public services. We would create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in renewable energy, recycling and upgrading the housing stock. We would reduce the obscene level of inequality that blights our society. The Coalition Government are proposing vicious cuts in public spending which will hit the poorest hardest and will do lasting damage to our public services. Their policies will deepen the recession and increase unemployment .* The alternative presented by the Green Party, paid for by increasing taxation of the rich , clamping down on tax avoidance and evasion , and withdrawing British troops from Afghanistan, is needed more than ever.
I have been inspired by the ongoing protests by students against the proposed rise in tuition fees and the abolition of EMA. Only the Green Party is prepared to defund and fund the principle of free higher education and to properly support young people and their parents through an increase in Child Benefit.
The voters of Oldham East and Saddleworth are the first to have the opportunity to express an opinion about this government at the ballot box. I am asking people to reject their divisive and damaging policies and support instead the Green Party’s commitment to a more equal, just and sustainable society.
*A paper cowritten by Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas concludes that cutting the job of an average paid public sector worker (paid £25,000 per year) might save as little as £2,000 per year once taxation lost and benefits paid out are taken into account.Moreover the reduced spending power of such a redundant worker would threaten the security of private sector employment in the economy.