Thursday, 28 June 2012

Budget shortfall - Local Government

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has responded to a report which suggests a 29% shortfall between revenue and spending pressures by 2020.
The report, published by the Local Government Association, points to the rising cost of adult social care due to an ageing population and the rising costs of other statutory responsibilities of councils such as social services, waste collection and concessionary travel.
The report shows that unless urgent reform is introduced, a £16.5bn funding shortfall will exist between the amount of money available to councils to provide services and the predicted cost of maintaining them at current levels.
Alison Scott, CIPFA’s Assistant Director for Local Government, commented,
“It will be no surprise to local government finance officers that council finances are under pressure, there is a particularly urgent need to tackle the rising costs of care.
“We have yet to see the Government’s full response to the Dilnot Commission’s proposals on the funding system for care and support in England. And, it is important to emphasise that its proposals do not provide a solution to the long term funding issues but merely address the contributions individuals should make towards their owns costs of care.”
CIPFA’s Annual Conference from 3-5 July will address a number of the concerns raised in this report, including a Chatham House event for public sector Chief Finance Officers to review the current and forecast position of the UK’s public finances, government spending and the nature and scale of the challenges and risks which lie ahead.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

"Angry" man petitioning for pavement improvements in Brent

A 61-year-old from Colindale is waging war on “dangerous” pavements after tripping and injuring himself.
Robert Gould, from Goldsmith Avenue, Colindale, is gathering signatures for a petition to persuade Brent Council to repair the pavements in Edgware Road.
Mr Gould is planning to visit as many local shops and businesses as possible to gather signatures.
He said: “The pavements are unlevel and they are all uneven. It is very dangerous.
“A friend of mine also fell over recently and had to go to hospital. She was in a bad way.
“I think the pavements are bad everywhere. Someone needs to do something about this.”
The party shop worker fell after tripping over a loose paving stone six weeks ago.
He injured his knees, elbow and wrists and, six weeks on, is still having a make regular trips to hospital to have his injuries treated.
Mr Gould said: “I am really angry about this because I know that the pavements have not been serviced in all the time I have lived here.
“I have been in the area for ten or 15 years and nothing has been done in all that time.”

This applies to all over Brent.
courtesy of Times

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses MPs and Lords in Westminster Hall

Nobel prize winner and newly elected parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi addressed members of both Houses in Westminster Hall yesterday (Thursday 21 June) at 3pm during her visit to the UK.
Commons Speaker, John Bercow MP, gave a welcome address introducing Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech.
Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, gave a valedictory address thanking Aung San Suu Kyi following her speech