Your view: More cuts needed after next general election

06/01/14

Deanne Williams and Kyah Rolston

The Chancellor George Osborne has warned £25 billion of cuts are needed after the next general election in 2015.

He's used a speech to remind voters the economy is a long way from being fixed.

His suggestions include cutting housing benefit for under-25s and restricting council housing for those earning more than £65,000.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said targeting the working age poor was "unrealistic and unfair".

Nick Clegg
Image caption Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said some suggestions were unrealistic

Newsbeat asked people in Birmingham, where the chancellor delivered the speech, how they felt about more cuts.

Eighteen-year-old Deanne Williams is out with her friend Kyah Rolston, also 18, and says her mum is having to look for a second job because of the rising cost of living.

"I'm broke," she said. "Want to see how much money I've got in my pocket? There you go, have a penny."

She doesn't think it would be fair to cut housing benefit for under-25s.

Deanne Williams and Kyah Rolston
Image caption Deanne Williams and Kyah Rolston are out in the middle of Birmingham

"I need my own space to expand my life," she said. "I need to mature and become an adult and I can't do that surrounded by brothers and sisters at home."

Deanne also disagrees with plans to increase the state pension while, she says, so many young people are struggling.

When it comes to public protection it shouldn't be about money but it feels like everything is about cost at the moment
Chris
Probation officer in Birmingham

Labour says the chancellor should admit his policies have failed and claims only the rich are feeling the recovery.

But as the election approaches the party's leader Ed Miliband will be under pressure to spell out how he would save those billions.

Paul on Twitter thinks cuts will go ahead no matter who people vote for.

"What does it matter what anyone thinks anyway? They'll do what they want regardless," he wrote.

Back in Birmingham, the council has already cut hundreds of jobs.

Chris, 27, is a probation officer working to rehabilitate criminals.

Chris

He says his job isn't secure because of plans to privatise parts of the service.

"It's grim for the majority of people right now," he said. "Well, for the working class it's grim and miserable.

"When you hear MPs are getting an 11% pay rise it's no wonder people don't empathise with them."

He agrees with the cuts but says that it has to be saved in the right places.

"When it comes to public protection it shouldn't be about money but it feels like everything is about cost at the moment."

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