Tag: Public spending

Better to give than to receive?

That’s what they say, and they say it often enough for John Lewis to have made it a theme for their Christmas ads. I think there’s some truth in it too. Now obviously this doesn’t apply so much when it’s…

Doomed To Failure, Then?

Four community projects are to receive funding from Barking and Dagenham Council this year under its Innovation Grants programme. Ooooh, let’s have a look at them then! Based in Barking, the Recovery LinkUp Cafe will be a meeting place for…

An Era Of ‘Digital Medicines’..?

An edible microchip that records the precise details of a patient’s pill regime will be available in Britain by the end of year following a commercial deal that opens the door to an era of digital medicines. A useful application…

The ‘Poverty’ Pimps Are On The March!

The statistics show almost 10,000 children in Brighton and Hove are growing up in poverty. Oh noes! Shock! Horror! Families in parts of Brighton and Hove are relying on handouts of bread, clothes and shoes to keep going. Appalling! Outrage!…

More Please, Faster!

Half of those claiming unemployment benefits would prefer to lose their handouts than do a stint of unpaid work. Figures show that 20 per cent of those ordered to take part in four-week community projects stop claiming immediately… Then, what…

Two-Tier Public ‘Service’…

A “super team” of public sector and education officials is to be established to deal with up to 1,200 problem families. Step right up to the front of the queue! Your own private ‘Zil lane’, all you feckless… Brighton and…

The Free Ride Is Officially Over!

Parents today told of their fears for affordable childcare if plans to close two council-run nurseries go ahead. Oh, dear. What a shame. No more subsidies. Parents at Treetops Children’s Centre in Willesden said they were given eight weeks to…

Hey! Leave My Reserve Of Protected Species Alone!

Matthew Pennycook (Labour councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich and a trustee of the Fair Pay Network) on the government’s awfully ‘unfair’ ideas about social housing: If the coalition government, ostensibly wedded to the creation of “sustainable, inclusive, mixed…

Food For Thought?

Shelagh McKinlay (who blogs at ‘The Absurdist’) on the latest useless piece of ‘research’ on diet: I once ordered a cheese roll at a cafe in Fife and was astonished to hear the waitress cry: “Once through the hot fat…