Government Cuts

Is This About To Happen In Your Child's School?

Alice Wilde | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Politics
Alice Wilde

It's almost the end of term. Teachers across the land are moving things around, changing rooms, cramming stuff into boxes if they're lucky enough to be getting a re-paint on the budget this summer. Maybe that's why all these instruments are in an Art and Design area in a senior school in Kent? But it's not the reason why. The actual reason is that there will be no more music at this school next year. It's gone. Music has left the building.

Two Million Voices Against Pharmacy Closures

Ian Strachan | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

Last month the UK's largest ever healthcare petition was delivered to Downing street, containing 1.8 million signatures. Since then another 200,000 more patients, pharmacists and concerned citizens have added their concerns, asking that the government reconsider their ill-conceived plans to reduce investment in local pharmacies. Two million people have spoken, and all we are asking for is that the government simply listens.

Can Charities Counter Housing Decisions That Leave Vulnerable People at Risk?

Beth Burgess | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Beth Burgess

Thousands of pounds, which might have been spent on B&B accommodation, substance- or violence-related hospital admissions, and re-imprisonment are saved when people are supported to heal and grow with specialist services and safe accommodation.

Save Pharmacy or We Risk the Whole NHS

Ian Strachan | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

You can’t avoid it; in every newspaper, every day, another story about the NHS under increasing strain from all areas. Statistics show that GP pract...

Funding For Disabled University Students Is Being Cut - And Here's Why It Could Be A Good Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The government is cutting funding for disabled students in higher education, with the onus falling on universities to provide support for their studen...

Labour And Lib Dems Round On Tory Plans To Cut Support Grants For Poor Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have slammed Conservative proposals aiming to cut support grants for England's poorest students, and free up money ah...

Austerity Bites

Mark Bryce | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Bryce

Behind the austerity sound-bites and 'all in this together' rhetoric our society is rich to vulgar proportions. We have the necessary wealth, only for it to be hidden away off-shore or within the pockets of the few, but that's a broader rant for another day.

Care in Crisis - a Perfect Storm?

Stephen Burke | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

Two news stories this week demonstrated the growing crisis in care for older people.First there were reports that the cost of a care home place is outstripping older people's incomes. Then councils said that they are hopelessly underfunded to deliver the government's reforms of paying for care.

Policing in the UK: Walking a Thin Blue Tightrope

Rob McDowall | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Make no mistake, I am all for ensuring the police service isn't top heavy and is more able to respond to the ever changing needs of those it serves, but I would plead with the next Government to think hard about what policing means to the British public and encourage them to move quickly away from thinking about policing purely in the terms of numbers and figures.

Lucy Sherriff

Could The Disability Student Allowance Cuts Actually Be A GOOD Idea? | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government's announcement it would be slashing funding to support disabled students was not received well by those the scheme endeavoured to help....

Lucy Sherriff

Disabled Students Forced To Fight For Equal Rights Following Funding Cuts | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Vulnerable young people are being forced to battle for equal disability rights after the government announced it would be cutting funding for the disa...

The Arts Landscape- From Nottingham to Tokyo

Ruth Mackenzie | Posted 28.04.2014 | 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. ...