Category Archives: Spending cuts

Why focusing on equalities still matters

Recent developments in the public sector make it easy for the average bystander to conclude that equality and diversity is losing its importance for local authorities.  Following ten years of rather prescriptive regulation, the last two years have seen statutory … Continue reading

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Proof of delivery?

Ministers are keen to promote mutuals as the way forward for the public sector, but there is little evidence to suggest that these will help to improve the quality and efficiency of services Many extravagant claims have been made about … Continue reading

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Opening up Public Services: power to the people or power to the market?

High quality public services are an essential part of everyday life. Being able to access those services is one of the most basic requirements that we as citizens demand from the government. Not my words; but those of David Cameron … Continue reading

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Local Government beyond the fragments

Recently this blog hosted an article urging local government to set out a positive and compelling vision that will guide the sector through an ever changing environment. There can be no doubt that local government is facing an unprecedented set … Continue reading

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Setting out a future vision for local government: local authorities at the heart of every local community

Local Government faces an unprecedented series of challenges and will have to respond to an increased level of need whilst at the same time working within vastly reduced budgets. It has never been more vital that the sector sets out … Continue reading

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Reality Bites…

Whilst some people will be hanging out the bunting on Friday to celebrate the Royal Wedding, others will be in a less celebratory mood.  For a large number of people examining their April pay-slips, their benefit statements, rent demands, food … Continue reading

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If you’re happy and you know it….

The movement Action for Happiness launched earlier this week with members buying cups of coffee for strangers and giving out ‘free hugs’.  With 4,500 initial members across 60 countries it has big aims to become a mass global movement.  Anthony … Continue reading

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Leicester anti-cuts protest: video footage

In October 2010, the Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review an £80bn spending reduction project to be implemented over the next five years. Local authorities in England are facing grant reductions of 28% on average (Source: The … Continue reading

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Community action works! Levenshulme Baths saved!

As part of the current Coalition government’s deficit reduction strategy, October’s Comprehensive Spending Review handed local government the toughest financial settlements across the public sector. This budget cut was passed down to local authorities with Manchester City Council receiving one of … Continue reading

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Alistair Campbell talks to the DMU Politics Society

Alistair Campbell came to De Montfort University last week to talk to the Politics Society.  He was keen to promote the latest edition of his Diaries (1997-1999) as well as two novels – both of which have been nominated on separate … Continue reading

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