comprehensive spending review
On Monday the Chancellor announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government has agreed to cut 30% out of its budget by 2020. This means that the future of the social care system has just moved from "critical" to full blown "crisis". The crisis will only be averted if the Chancellor moves quickly and ends the long-term financial uncertainty in the social care system in his Comprehensive Spending Review on November 25th.
If Maria Miller had her way, the only arts and culture we would ever experience would be the stuff that can establish upfront that it has solid economic foundations and will wash its own face - what a boring world that would be. Have we really got to the point in this country where we only care about things that create wealth?
Even though the UK is now in a more stable economic condition than it was, our situation is still critical. We mustn't forget the very real hardship that many millions of people, especially our young people, are enduring - especially given the worst job market for generations.
Come Wednesday I would like to see George Osborne take action to match his fine words and bolster his commitment to research and to universities. We have plenty of evidence that such an approach delivers immediate, medium and long term economic benefits.
London's tubes, buses, trams and some roads are run by Transport for London and a large chunk of the funding comes from central Government. We want to see that funding maintained if not enhanced in the spending review in June.
There is a real danger we make it impossible for disabled people to be part of the community. The Paralympics effect was about making disabled people more visible. The crisis in social care for disabled people - to mis-use Lord Coe's quote - could mean we simply never see disabled people again.
Most government departments have been told to prepare for cuts to their budgets of around 10%, it has emerged. Schools, the
That childcare is now high on the government's agenda, at a time when many areas are of growing financial concern, is an achievement by campaigning parents and charities that should not be minimised. The government's proposal for tax-free childcare support, unveiled earlier this week, demonstrates that the prime minister and the deputy prime minister have heard the warnings that childcare costs were spiralling alarmingly.
According to new research published today by Asda (in the 'Mumdex'), mums reported that the rising cost of living is now three times as pressing an issue as youth unemployment and four times as pressing as violent crime.
The Chancellor had the opportunity to deliver a budget which put vital money back into the pockets of the UK's poorest families. Instead of producing a roadmap to meet its commitment to end child poverty by 2020, the government did little to support the most disadvantaged children.