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How much worse off are we going to be?

Len Tingle | 18:49 UK time, Friday, 10 September 2010

Yorkshire Political Editor Len Tingle meets Business Secretary Vince Cable in Sheffield to discuss the effect of government spending cuts

As we head towards the conference season the war of words over the wisdom of the Government's spending cuts is really stepping up a pace.

I'm at the TUC in Manchester this weekend (Sunday September 12th 2010) for the first of the new series of the Politics Show for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The Politics Show's satellite truck will be parked right outside the GMEX centre where the Trade Union leaders will be gathering to prepare for Monday morning's official opening of the 142nd annual Congress.

I am told that TUC researchers have spend the summer number crunching to see exactly how much households in Britain will be worse off due to the cuts.

The results will not be released until Sunday lunchtime but I am reliably informed that they tot up a loss of income of well over a thousand pounds for every home.

If those figures are correct that adds up to a huge reduction in the amount being spent in shops, cafes and restaurants in every town centre.

Dave Prentiss, the Leeds-born leader of the biggest public sector trades union UNISON will be joining me to explain why he feels the cut backs will do more damage than good to our economy.

Unsurprisingly it is not a view shared by another Yorkshireman now at the heart of the Coalition cabinet.

Vince Cable, who originally hails from York, rose to fame as the Liberal Democrat financial guru. He's now the Business Secretary.

I caught up with him on Thursday on a street corner in the Sheffield suburb of Darnell to record and interview for Look North.

He was in South Yorkshire to look at a new community post office and the launch of a "Dragon's Den" panellist Peter Jones's new Enterprise Academy.

As far as he is concerned the cuts are painful but necessary. He also says the Government has tried to cushion the most vulnerable from the most severe effects.

It will be interesting to se what Dave Prentiss makes of that when I play him a recording of my interview on Sunday.

Why don't you join me and find out? The Politics Show will be on air from 11am on BBC 1 with Tim Iredale in our Leeds studio and me on a street corner in Manchester.


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