Posts Tagged ‘ Public spending ’

‘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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Libraries: Suddenly, Icons Of The Left?

September 24, 2012 17 Comments
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Lynsey Hanley (again) missing the point: When Zadie Smith defends public libraries, you know that it’s not because it is fashionable to do so: it’s because, in her estimation, she owes her life to them. Really? According to popular music, it’s possible for a DJ to save your life, but a library? “When we were children, you’d never imagine that you’d get into a right/left argument about the purpose and…

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Will This See Off The ‘Something Must Be Done!’ Brigade?

July 21, 2012 2 Comments
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Will This See Off The ‘Something Must Be Done!’ Brigade?

Breaking their silence for the first time since Joseph Ball died last year, highways experts at Southend Council warned a campaign to improve safety could actually have the opposite effect. Not that that will worry the ‘Something must be done, this is something, so do it!’ crowd. The tragedy prompted more than 10,000 people to sign a petition calling for improvements. Those ‘improvements’ being, specifically, a crossing on the London…

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Those Cuts To Frontline Public Sector Workers…

July 17, 2012 5 Comments
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….shouldn’t they be to the incompetents responsible for this cock-up instead? The fire authority agreed to make mileage payments to a number of staff members when its headquarters movedfrom Rayleigh Close in Hutton to Kelvedon Park, near Witham, in May 2008. The report, entitled Employment Taxes Review and compiled by accountancy firm RSM Tenon, explains: “As part of the move, it was agreed that employees could claim any extra miles…

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Is There A Competition At CiF For ‘Most Unsympathetic Cause’..?

May 28, 2012 3 Comments
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First we had Babs with her ‘Waah, poor people who behave like animals shouldn’t be fined!’, and now it’s Sadhbh Walshe’s turn with ‘Waah, prisoner’s families shouldn’t be charged to keep in touch with them!’… When a person is sent to prison, one of the most obvious and important ways to ensure a successful re-entry to society upon release to is maintain and strengthen familial bonds during incarceration. Presumably, that…

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