Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cuts, Cuts, More Cuts

Councils in England will have their spending power cut by 1.7% next year, the local government secretary, Eric Pickles, has announced.

The shadow communities and local government secretary, Hilary Benn, said: “It is clear that he is living in a world of his own, because he simply does not understand the impact that his decisions on funding are having on the services and local people who use and rely upon them.”

Cllr. Muhammed Butt, the Leader of Brent Council said “this looks like another disastrous settlement for local authorities. I spent the weekend helping out at the Brent food bank – helping people who literally can’t afford to eat. Make no mistake, Eric Pickles announcement today will mean they have to help thousands more people in Brent alone in 2013. It is a direct attack on the poorest residents of our community, and it is shameful.”

Monday, 10 December 2012

British Red Cross-Concern over cuts

The British Red Cross has warned that more than three quarters of councillors whose local authority has made cuts to preventative and low-level social care admit they are worried about the impact on the elderly and vulnerable. The charity said the move was a false economy.

Meanwhile, Hilary Mantel, the Booker prize-winning novelist, has argued that vulnerable care home residents are treated like “brutes or malfunctioning machines”. She spoke out after attempting to find accommodation for a disabled friend.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Miliband wages war on benefit cuts

The Labour leader Ed Miliband is set to challenge the Chancellor’s latest round of benefit cuts. According to the Observer he will order his party to oppose real-term reductions in income for millions of the poorest and most vulnerable when the cuts are announced this week. A senior figure close to the leader said: “Make no mistake, we would come down very hard on people who milk the system but we will not confuse them with the vast majority of people - most of them in work - who are really striving, trying to pay the bills and put food on the table”. Meanwhile, church leaders and charities have also joined forces to protest against the cuts. A letter from 59 charities and other organisations warns that the cuts will plunge many more children into poverty and put at risk the principles of the welfare state.

Source: The Observer