Posts Tagged ‘ Public spending ’

Dogma…

July 21, 2015 4 Comments
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Lower speed limits on York streets could be scrapped under a plan being considered by council leaders. The 20mph scheme rolled out by the last Labour administration is under review, in a move that has outraged campaigners. Oh, well, outrage is the default state for most campaigners, isn’t it? … this afternoon Rod King, founder and campaign director for the 20’s Plenty group, condemned the move. He said: “This proposal…

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Well, Yes. And The Problem With This Is..?

June 29, 2015 14 Comments
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Large parts of England are about to become off-limits for tens of thousands of poorer families because of the planned cut in the annual benefit cap, David Cameron is being warned by housing experts. In the same way that Bentleys and yachts are ‘off limits’ to me, I suppose? Ministers argue that the policy – described as a “matter of fairness” by the Chancellor, George Osborne, and the Work and…

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Newsflash: You’re Grandstanding With Taxpayer Money, Not Your Own…

May 24, 2015 5 Comments
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…just like all socialists: In a plot twist worthy of a Nordic Noir serial, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen has dented Ryanair’s plans to make a killing with its new base in the Danish capital. Frank Jensen, a Social Democrat who has been the city’s Lord Mayor for five years, has banned staff from flying with Ryanair while on official business – even if it means paying much more on…

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The Guardian Only Cares About Some Progress…

January 24, 2015 3 Comments
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Aditya Chakrabortty on the ‘unfairness’ of progress: What is powerlessness? Try this for a definition: you stand to lose the home where you’ve lived for more than 20 years and raised two boys. And all your neighbours stand to lose theirs. None of you have any say in the matter. Play whatever card you like – loud protest, sound reason, an artillery of facts – you can’t change what will…

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‘Comforts’ Are A Human Right!

October 4, 2014 7 Comments
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Vonny Moyes (arts journalist and ‘social activist’) on redefining poverty: We’re not hiking five miles for a jug of dirty water; we have good samaritans like the Trussell Trust handing out “golden tickets” to those in need. All things being relative, we have systems in place that, despite allowing us to dangle perilously close to the bottom, keep us from falling into third-world hell. Our social safety nets imbue the…

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If A Tapeworm Could Speak…

September 2, 2014 5 Comments
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…we now know how it would sound: The new school term will mark the start of the Government initiative offering free lunches to to reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils to ensure pupils get a nutritious meal. The schools are expected to offer a hot meals option or cold lunches until their kitchens are able to cope with the demands of extra school meals every day. Yes, it’s the Clegg…

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They View You As Livestock…

August 15, 2014 3 Comments
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…and this type of farmer gets upset when the livestock thrives without his interference: A Somerset man has set up his own temporary toll road after growing frustrated with a blocked commuter route between Bath and Bristol. Mike Watts is charging motorists £2 (£1 for motorbikes) to use his bypass, made from rolled chippings, with the A431 between Bath and Bristol not due to re-open until the end of 2014.…

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But, But… We Don’t Do ‘Shame’ Anymore, Do We?

July 11, 2014 11 Comments
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Robert Walker (professor of social policy at the University of Oxford) rails against ‘shaming’ of the poor: Rather than being shameless, new research reported in my forthcoming book, The Shame of Poverty, indicates that people in poverty feel humiliation on a daily basis. Really? And what sort of decisions bring about this unfamiliar feeling to them? One lone father in our study spoke of needing to choose between furniture polish…

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Superintendent Hobbs Goes To The Movies…

June 26, 2014 3 Comments
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With Sussex council taxpayers money, of course: He said:”It is a pleasure to support such a worthwhile cause. Anything we can do to highlight the stigma and challenges that the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face is extremely important and I can’t wait to sit down and enjoy the show.” Would you fork out for it with your own money then, Superintendent?

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About Time!

May 26, 2014 6 Comments
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Sophie Heawood takes out an onion for another unsympathetic cause: Just when you thought our trigger-happy leaders might finally have run out of easy targets – disabled people who can’t run from the Atos testers, foster parents to charge with a bedroom tax – it seems they have found another one. Oh, really? Single mums who need help making an absent father pay for his children – it’s your turn…

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Who Thinks A Penny Of This Money Would Go Towards Tax Cuts?

January 21, 2014 3 Comments
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Ministers today demanded that London’s town halls tackle their colossal £642million in council tax arrears – an average of £188 per household. They warned that council tax bills could be pushed up, or frontline services cut, because of failure to collect payments. I suspect the likelihood is that that’d happen even if the money somehow magically materialised in the council coffers, don’t you? “Every penny of council tax that isn’t…

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Inculcating The Next (Dependency) Generation…

October 5, 2013 8 Comments
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Daisy Buchanan is hard at it: …. people in their early 20s need to feel that they can be proud of their accomplishments if they’re ever going to lead their own lives. Those ‘accomplishments’ being…? Adult children do need support. And traditionally, that support came from the state. ‘The state’ doesn’t have its own money. So, traditionally, that support came from the pockets of taxpayers. Childless ones, too… The problem of young people…

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Give Us More Money Or Granny (And The Road) Gets It!

August 18, 2013 5 Comments
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Local authorities will be forced to cut spending on infrastructure and social care to support households losing out through the government’s welfare reforms, according to a study on the impact of benefit changes. Looking at the state of the roads in my local area, I fail to see just what ‘less spending’ might look like, frankly. Sharon Taylor, chairwoman of the LGA’s finance panel, said councils would be forced to…

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Speculating To Accumulate..?

April 26, 2013 4 Comments
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Or just more woeful handling of public money, mixed with a little soupcon of identity politics? A controversial plan to scrap the free parking enjoyed by more than 10,000 Blue Badge holders in the New Forest is today at the centre of a new row. Civic chiefs have been accused of wasting public money after accelerating plans to replace equipment installed only nine years ago. It seems they need to…

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‘Blue On Blue’ Is Great Fun, Yes…

February 8, 2013 5 Comments
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…until you realise you’re the one getting stuck with the bill: A 14-year race discrimination court battle has cost the taxpayer almost a million pounds. Equality campaigner Natasha Sivanandan won £420,000 in compensation after a council-funded anti-racism group turned her down for a job. A job..? In what department, I wonder? The row began in June 1999 when 58-year-old Ms Sivanandan, from Wood Green, north London, applied for a job as a…

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