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More people want more spending. But does the government care?

The latest British Social Attitudes survey, released this week, reveals an increasing number of people in favour of more public spending. Support for the Tory-led government’s austerity drive has been shrinking from the off.

In just one year, support for higher spending and higher taxation rose from 31% in 2010 to 36% in 2011. With the worst of the cuts still to come, the National Centre for Social Research, who carried out the survey, thinks this result “could well be the first sign of a reaction against the public spending reductions that the government has begun to implement.

What’s more, there is strong support for an increase in benefits for disabled people who cannot work (53%) – and overwhelming support (75%) for an increase in benefits for those who care for sick and disabled people. Maybe someone should tell Atos?

NHS satisfaction rates also fell for the first time in a decade – from an all-time peak of 70% in 2010, to 58% in 2011.

What a difference a year makes.

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