“People want higher taxes for increased public spending, says poll”

“Nearly two-thirds of the public say government spending should increase even if that means higher taxes as support for austerity fades, according to research.

These are among the findings of a survey in Deloitte’s annual The State of the State report, which looked at changing attitudes to public spending.

The study, compiled by Ipsos Mori, found 63% of those surveyed were in favour of increasing government spending on public services, even if that means increases to some taxes.

This has risen from 59% in the same survey last year.

Rebecca George, lead public sector partner at Deloitte, said: “The chancellor was right to warn that people are growing weary of the long slog of austerity.

“This data shows people less convinced of the need to bring down public spending and increasingly seeing the effects of cuts in their everyday lives.” …”