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The rise in overall and long-term unemployment in Scotland will be worsened if the government goes ahead with immediate and deep cuts.
The coalition government in the UK is accused by welfare groups and trade unions of a confused, cynical and heartless approach to massive public spending cuts.
As the government prepares for its Pre-Budget Report today, three of the UK’s largest Churches have called for priority to be given to job security and protection for the poor. They have criticised suggestions of public sector job cuts.