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Mayor says ‘desperate’ council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts
The people of Liverpool could be asked to vote on whether they should pay up to 10% more council tax to help their “desperate” local authority maintain public services in the face of government cuts.
Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, wants to…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments
95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut services
Local authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments
Nine out of ten authorities will go over budget
Britain’s richest county is facing a £100 million cash crisis as scores of councils struggle to close budget deficits, an investigation has found.
Surrey county council has one of the worst financial shortfalls in the country, according to research seen by The Times. The disclosure came as nearly every part of England warned of tax rises to make ends meet and…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:10 — No Comments
Councils warn spiralling sell-off of low-cost homes is 'unsustainable' as Labour calls for scheme to be halted
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:14 — No Comments
Darren Osborne is found guilty of terrorist killing outside mosque, triggering review of extreme right threat
A man “brainwashed” within a month by anti-Muslim propaganda has been found guilty of a murderous terrorist attack on worshippers leaving a mosque, triggering a complete review of the national security threat posed by the extreme right.
A jury took less than an hour to be convinced that Darren Osborne, 48, drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments
The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment
Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:17 — No Comments
Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.
The former TV…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments
Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog
Homelessness is now a serious risk for working families with stable jobs who cannot find somewhere affordable to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords seeking higher rents, the local government ombudsman has warned.
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments
Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments
Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system
More than 4,000 vulnerable women and children fleeing domestic abuse will be unable to access a refuge if government plans to remove guaranteed funding for the service go ahead, an emergency survey has found.
In a survey of refuge services in England by …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments
Will the rise of China mean the fall of America? In a word, yes. Although decline might be more accurate.
Why do I think this? Because China is about to launch the PetroYuan and when it does so the demand for dollars and for dollar denominated debt will shrink. When it does I question whether the world will be so sanguine about the level of debt that America carries. If that happens then the value of the dollar is in…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 25, 2017 at 16:17 — No Comments
Study also shows self-harming is more common among teenagers in deprived areas
Self-harm among teenage girls has risen by 68 per cent in three years, research has revealed.
The study by researchers at…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:43 — No Comments
Available to download using this link: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/work-in-brexit-britain-reshaping-the-nations-labour-market/
Almost a year after voting to leave the European Union the negotiations for the UK’s departure began on 19thJune 2017. Those negotiations and the exact nature of the agreements they lead to…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments
Research available to download using this link:https://www.demos.co.uk/project/commissioning-in-childrens-services-what-works/
Despite significant policy attention and political action, looked-after children and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) remain some of the most vulnerable children in the country with their later life outcomes – social,…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:44 — No Comments
Older heads than mine may be able to remember a more shambolic and inept government than that of Theresa May. I can’t. However, if that were the only problem, we’d have seen the back of them by now.
Their naked cruelty and obvious disdain for the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2017 at 7:06 — No Comments
The roll-out of Universal Credit looks set to continue this winter with work and pensions secretary, David Gauke, rejecting suggestions to pause the process in order to smooth out the flaws in the system, particularly the 42 day wait for the first benefit payment which has resulted in many claimants being forced into debt and rent arrears . Opposition to this continuation has been expressed by 14 Tory backbenchers as well as Labour MPs Jim McMahon, Jo Platt as well as a stern warning from…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 13:41 — No Comments
The High Court has declared the Government's policy on torture victims is unlawful, after being told asylum seekers fleeing…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 10:01 — No Comments
For those interested in the proposed Royal Mail strike next week by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the wake of the new Trade Union Act introduced by the Conservatives, an interesting article (below) put forward by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian on Thursday.
Royal Mail’s employees are striking on behalf of all workers…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 12:49 — No Comments
Food for thought from Ned Simons of the Huffington Post. Any comments on your thoughts regarding this ironic turnaround would be most welcome.
John McDonnell Says City Now Sees Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour As ‘Stabiliser Of Capitalism’…
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:03 — No Comments
Article from The Week:
Britain facing ‘worst winter homelessness crisis in 20 years’Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:12 — No Comments