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Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise - The Guardian

Mayor says ‘desperate’ council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

Council tax rises on the way as local authorities try to stay afloat - The Guardian

95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut services

A council tax bill

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.…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Surrey, UK’s richest county, hit by £100m cash crisis - The Times

Nine out of ten authorities will go over budget

Surrey’s usable reserves have been vastly depleted since 2013

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:10 — No Comments

Number of council homes sold off under Right to Buy increases five-fold in six years after Tories lift cap - The Independent

Councils warn spiralling sell-off of low-cost homes is 'unsustainable' as Labour calls for scheme to be halted

The rapid loss of social housing because of the Right to Buyscheme has been laid bare after new figures revealed more than five times more homes are being sold now…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:14 — No Comments

Finsbury Park attack: man 'brainwashed by anti-Muslim propaganda' convicted - The Guardian

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

After Carillion we have the chance to build a better country - The Guardian

The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment

Carillion cranes in Manchester

Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:17 — No Comments

Esther McVey becomes DWP minister: Four alarming statements she's made about people on benefits - The Independent

Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.

Esther McVey's appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary has been met with a backlash from MPs and campaigners over previous comments she has made in the past about benefit claimants.

The former TV…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments

Families with stable jobs at risk of homelessness in Britain, report finds - Guardian

Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog

Doors to rooms at a temporary accommodation block in Lambeth, south London

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.

Michael…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments

NHS bosses sound alarm over hospitals already running at 99% capacity - The Guardian

Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak

Hospital bed

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments

Survey reveals impact of proposed funding cuts on women fleeing abuse - The Guardian

Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system

On one day this year, 94 women and 90 children were turned away from a refuge.

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 …

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments

China’s rise, America’s fall - David Malone

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…

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Added by joe taylor on October 25, 2017 at 16:17 — No Comments

Self-harm among teenage girls up 68% in three years, shows research - May Bulman, The Independent

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:43 — No Comments

Research: Work in Brexit Britain: reshaping the nation’s labour market - Resolution Foundation

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Research: Commissioning in Children’s Services – What Works? by Simone Vibert, Demos

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,…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:44 — No Comments

Tory disdain for democracy reduces Parliament to a talking shop - Jeff Goulding

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…

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Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2017 at 7:06 — No Comments

Research: Impact of Universal Credit Round 4

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 13:41 — No Comments

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

By May Bullman of The Independent

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

The High Court has declared the Government's policy on torture victims is unlawful, after being told asylum seekers fleeing…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 10:01 — No Comments

Royal Mail’s employees are striking on behalf of all workers

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 12:49 — No Comments

John McDonnell Says City Now Sees Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour As ‘Stabiliser Of Capitalism’

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’…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:03 — No Comments

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