Government Cuts

The Arts Landscape- From Nottingham to Tokyo

Ruth Mackenzie | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Mackenzie

The subsidised arts are the entry point for many of our leading lights in the creative industries, and of course the creative industries themselves, including the arts, are one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy, accounting now for one in 12 jobs.

Cuts Show Cameron Is Creating a Victorian 'Two Nations'

Diane Abbott | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Never has George Osborne's hypocritical catch-line "we are all in this together" sounded more hollow than with the news that 10% of the poorest areas, including my own borough of Hackney, have been hit by cuts that average over 25% of their local authority budget. Meanwhile some of the wealthiest areas have not just avoided the cuts, but have seen their grants rise under this government.

Why Barristers Walked Out of Court

Dexter Dias QC | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Dexter Dias QC

For the first time in 800 years, lawyers have publicly protested by staging a half-day walkout. Why? The short answer is that barristers walked out of court this morning to prevent the government walking all over public justice.

We Must Stop the 'Painful Increase' in Need for Donations of Food and Clothing

Jacob Tas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

On the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year staff at Action for Children are working to support the poorest families across the UK stay warm and fed. This is a sad reflection of the worsening effects of the tough economic times we are in; in previous years we handed out presents during the festive season.

Criminalising Disability in the Media Has Disastrous Consequences for Vulnerable People

Hari Covert | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK
Hari Covert

The media is shifting blame from health service professionals, government policies, economic and labour market problems, towards the claimants themselves. This echoes the changing agenda of the coalition government peddling the notion that 'scroungers' are responsible for bringing the 'strivers' down...

England's Poorest Teens Are Victims Of Government 'Stealth Cuts' On Their Bursaries

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

England's poorest students are losing out on funding to help them stay in education due to the government's "stealth" cuts to their bursaries, chariti...

Has Boris Finally Lost the Plot?

Edward Adoo | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

Love or hate Boris Johnson he tends to get things wrong as we all do because we are human and it's only natural but this time in my true and humble opinion BOJO has gone too far and overstepped the mark on all counts.

Government Spin Alone Won't Protect Our Children

Hayley Meachin | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Following the conviction of Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek for the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: "his death should be on all of our consciences." This is not a sentiment likely to be echoed by the media or the general public, who perhaps understandably lay the blame squarely on the professionals whose job it is to protect children. In the media blitz that accompanied the conviction, Mr Clegg and former children's minister Tim Loughton rushed to reassure the public that the government is doing everything possible to "reduce complexity and bureaucracy" in the child protection system, and that deaths like Daniel's are isolated cases. Government spin belies the reality of child protection.

Benefit Cuts 'Targeting Most Deprived Areas'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics

The government's welfare reforms will see as much as £850 taken away from individual residents in some of the most deprived areas of the country, Lab...

Youth Offending: The Case for a New Approach

Seb McCarthy | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Seb McCarthy

The 'future generation' that we all hear so much about from our politicians is forecasted to be a criminal one, with arguably the most worrying figure released last year from the Ministry of Justice telling us that young people between the ages 10-17 accounted for almost 18% of arrests made.

Cuts Make Life Even Worse for Victims of Domestic Violence

Bob Morgan | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

So why are so many women's refuges being closed down by cuts in local authority spending? In my opinion it's because there are more votes in filling pot holes and keeping up the bin collections than in keeping a place of refuge open for the victims of violence.

'The Medicine Is Not Working'

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The new leader of the TUC has launched a strong attack on the Government for its "vicious spiral" of spending cuts which are hitting low-paid workers ...

Sounding The Alarm

PA | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK

Almost 70 fire stations in England are at risk of closure and scores more throughout the UK face severe downgrading if the Government presses ahead wi...

Future Of Libraries 'Drastic' Says Union

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

The future of libraries in the UK is in jeopardy because of "drastic" cuts and the "looming threat" of privatisation, a leading union warned today. ...

'We Have A National Crisis Of Morale'

PA | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK

The former head of the Metropolitan Police has said there is a "national crisis" in police morale after research revealed 95% of serving officers do n...

UK Government Cuts to Science Funding Threaten the British Antarctic Survey

Bob Ward | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Politics
Bob Ward

The UK's science base is one of the most important drivers of economic growth. If the government wants to ensure the future prosperity and well-being of the UK, it needs to invest more, not less, in our world class researchers and scientific organisations like the British Antarctic Survey.

Arson on the Rise as Cuts Bite

Chris Williamson | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Williamson

After submitting freedom of information requests to every fire service in the land I discovered that arson attacks are on the increase, more firefighters are getting injured and casualties caused by house fires are rising. Incredibly, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who has masterminded the downfall of public services across the country, has shrugged off these alarming facts. He lazily refuses to take any action to reverse the trend preferring to bury his ideologically driven head in the sand.

Cuts Could Cause 'Crisis' In Care For Elderly

PA | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK

The Government was warned of a "crisis" in care for the elderly on Sunday, because of widespread closures and cuts hitting day centres. Unison said...

Are We Throwing Away Our Future?

Bob Morgan | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The cuts to services for young people being planned and implemented throughout the Country are severe and disproportionate and we will eventually pay a price for it.

Cameron's Government is Starting to Look Increasingly Like That of Major's

Michael Dugher | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

John Major's anniversary this week does remind us that there is one very big difference between these two Conservative prime ministers: namely that Major, unlike Cameron, did manage to win a general election.

Volunteer-Run Libraries Ruled 'Unlawful'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home

A county council's plan for 10 libraries to be run by volunteers was ruled unlawful by the High Court today. Surrey County Council planned the comm...

Millions of Lives Depend on Osborne's Aid Promise

Adrian Lovett | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

For many of us, the British Chancellor's annual budget announcement is a familiar ritual. We watch out for the extra couple of pence on a pint of beer or a glass of wine. We wince at the inevitable hike at the petrol pumps and wait hopefully for a few pounds back in tax credit or personal allowance. But the UK budget doesn't just matter to 60 million Brits.

What Will the Chancellor Do This Week?

Iain Anderson | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

The headline this Chancellor always wants remains: "We are all in this together". This Budget looks like being a substantive speech. But with the final package still to be agreed the spin doctors will be gearing up for overdrive with their 'freshly baked' rather than 'warm' words.

Student Activism Shouldn't All Be About Protesting

George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
George Bowden

Many people feel politically active students are far-left anarchists committed to violently protesting against the government. However, from what I have seen at Brunel and other universities, students from across all disciplines are disenfranchised and apathetic towards politics.

Why We Need to Lobby to Save Our Libraries

Tim Coates | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Tim Coates

Today hundreds of people will march on Parliament to protest the closure and diminished service of their public libraries all over the country. Public officials simply do not understand why libraries are important - and that is because they are all of an age and an income which, for some reason, makes them believe that libraries are a thing of the ancient past.