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.... As York University’s Kevin Farnsworth points out, PFIs also served an ideological purpose. “Try getting change in… public services,” he once chortled to a conference of private equity financiers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. Littlewood lists other dysfunctions: “Wage stagnation, poor GDP growth, crony capitalism in the contracting-out of public services, endless gaming of the system by corporations, a general ennui about the prevailing economic system … ” Finally, he cites the event that did more than any other to discredit free-market capitalism in Britain: “the 2008 crash”, the banking crisis caused by the deregulation and hubris of the financial markets. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... While you’d hope most people would prioritise the wellbeing of elderly family members over cold hard cash, it seems inevitable that some might delay organising support for relatives to avoid depleting their future wealth. There are strong, practical reasons for making essential public services free at the point of access – even when means testing would theoretically ensure only people who can afford it are required to pay directly. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”|. When he introduced the GAAR rule, Osborne said: “Most wealthy people pay their taxes – and without them we could not begin to afford the public services on which the country depends. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Yet that is exactly what we have done, with £18bn a year of income tax cuts that mainly benefit better-off households, and £9bn a year in corporation tax cuts. This undermining of the tax base has slowed down the repair of the public finances and put unsustainable pressures on some public services. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The Treasury said the persistent shortfall in the government’s income compared with spending illustrated the need for a “credible fiscal plan” that allowed ministers to support “sound public finances” while “promoting a stronger economy”. Opposition parties were quick to say that the higher deficit showed that austerity had failed and was delivering weaker public services without strengthening the public finances or the economy. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... If they are apportioned so the neediest benefit the most, this would be one thing. If they go disproportionately to the 1%, while the other 99% have to accept flat living standards and deteriorating public services, this would create conditions ripe for social and political upheaval. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... From next year, large companies will have to report on the extent of the gender pay gap in their businesses. Last year, the prime minister announced an audit of how people of different races are treated by public services, including examining relative incomes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Increasing rates would kill the patient, not shake it out of a lazy torpor. It was politically expedient for George Osborne to use the Bank to support the economy while he slashed at welfare, public services and infrastructure spending. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....As a former youth service manager, school governor and manager of a community-based social inclusion project, I have directly observed the impact of those draconian cuts over the past few years, and the decimation of most youth services and young people’s drop-in support provision can be directly linked to the provision of funding for Cameron’s flagship National Citizen Service, leaving thousands of vulnerable young people without year-round support. This government’s drive to privatise public services has enabled profit-driven providers to get rich at the expense of young people in deprived communities. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....And finally, a reminder that the deadline to enter the Guardian Public Service Awards is approaching. The awards celebrate the very best of public services in the country, recognising the projects and teams that have created and delivered innovative, challenging and bold services at a time of immense pressure. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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What I wish I could tell my boss: 'You take money from people who have the least' image
.... Stop taking money away from those who have the least. The public services that we all rely on are disappearing, the role of the state is eroding and the value it provides is diminishing in the heat of cuts. ...
New pension research: Is this really a golden era for retirement? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 10:29:00 AM
.... . Steven Cameron, pensions director at insurer Aegon, says despite recent good news we must beware complacency as the ageing population heaps greater pressure on public services and state finances: “A rising state pension age, the recent threat to the triple lock, and the slow demise of gold-plated final salary pensions mean this golden age of retirement is unlikely to last much longer. ...
Smoking and Drinking tax: How HMRC cashes in on our vices image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 12:01:00 AM
....DEMON DRINK. Campaigners warn of the burden boozing and obesity place on public services, but the IEA claims this has also been greatly exaggerated. ...
We let the 2007 financial crisis go to waste | Torsten Bell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 05:00:01 AM
Britain’s young suffer as austerity continues to take its toll | Letters image
....As a former youth service manager, school governor and manager of a community-based social inclusion project, I have directly observed the impact of those draconian cuts over the past few years, and the decimation of most youth services and young people’s drop-in support provision can be directly linked to the provision of funding for Cameron’s flagship National Citizen Service, leaving thousands of vulnerable young people without year-round support. This government’s drive to privatise public services has enabled profit-driven providers to get rich at the expense of young people in deprived communities. ...
Payment in gold bullion banned under new law to combat tax evasion image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 05:33:52 PM
....”|. When he introduced the GAAR rule, Osborne said: “Most wealthy people pay their taxes – and without them we could not begin to afford the public services on which the country depends. ...
Minority ethnic families earning up to £8,900 less than white Britons image
.... From next year, large companies will have to report on the extent of the gender pay gap in their businesses. Last year, the prime minister announced an audit of how people of different races are treated by public services, including examining relative incomes. ...
Only a big-spending budget can save us from years of low interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 04:00:16 PM
.... Increasing rates would kill the patient, not shake it out of a lazy torpor. It was politically expedient for George Osborne to use the Bank to support the economy while he slashed at welfare, public services and infrastructure spending. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
....”. Littlewood lists other dysfunctions: “Wage stagnation, poor GDP growth, crony capitalism in the contracting-out of public services, endless gaming of the system by corporations, a general ennui about the prevailing economic system … ” Finally, he cites the event that did more than any other to discredit free-market capitalism in Britain: “the 2008 crash”, the banking crisis caused by the deregulation and hubris of the financial markets. ...
Slow economic growth is not the new normal, it's the old norm | Larry Elliott image
.... If they are apportioned so the neediest benefit the most, this would be one thing. If they go disproportionately to the 1%, while the other 99% have to accept flat living standards and deteriorating public services, this would create conditions ripe for social and political upheaval. ...
Leaseholds on new-builds to be banned, plus Student Loans Co penalises borrowers image
....And finally, a reminder that the deadline to enter the Guardian Public Service Awards is approaching. The awards celebrate the very best of public services in the country, recognising the projects and teams that have created and delivered innovative, challenging and bold services at a time of immense pressure. ...
Why not fund the welfare state with a 100% inheritance tax? | Abi Wilkinson image
.... While you’d hope most people would prioritise the wellbeing of elderly family members over cold hard cash, it seems inevitable that some might delay organising support for relatives to avoid depleting their future wealth. There are strong, practical reasons for making essential public services free at the point of access – even when means testing would theoretically ensure only people who can afford it are required to pay directly. ...
Budget deficit leaps as Brexit-fuelled inflation troubles Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 11:29:19 AM
....The Treasury said the persistent shortfall in the government’s income compared with spending illustrated the need for a “credible fiscal plan” that allowed ministers to support “sound public finances” while “promoting a stronger economy”. Opposition parties were quick to say that the higher deficit showed that austerity had failed and was delivering weaker public services without strengthening the public finances or the economy. ...
Now we find out the real cost of austerity – our lives cut short | Owen Jones image
.... And yet new research by an ex-government adviser, Sir Michael Marmot, suggests that the rise in life expectancy – a constant trend for a hundred years – has stalled since 2010. What happened that year, exactly? Was that not when David Cameron, George Osborne and their Lib Dem stooges began slashing public services with a false economic pretext?. ...
UK public finances face twin threat from Brexit and downturn, says OBR image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 12:07:53 PM
....The Liberal Democrat spokesman Vince Cable warned that the underlying weakness of government tax receipts and a “reckless approach to Brexit” were a toxic recipe likely to damage the economy. “Even a small deterioration in growth could mean billions of pounds less funding for our public services in the long term,” he said. ...
Chancellor needs to find an extra £33bn a year to end austerity, says IFS image
....The chancellor has warned that government finances remain vulnerable in the event of another financial shock and the Treasury’s task must remain to bring down the deficit over the next parliament. Carl Emmerson, deputy director of the IFS, said: “An ‘end to austerity’ – as defined by no further net tax rises, benefit cuts or cuts to spending on public services – would require a very sharp change of direction. ...
G4S awarded £25m government contract despite fraud inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 04:50:36 PM
....G4S will supply only the equipment, the majority of which will be first-generation “radio frequency” ankle tags that cannot track the movements of the offenders, only whether they are present at a specific location. The public services company Capita is now responsible for the main part of the contract, including fitting the tags and monitoring the offenders. ...
Mark Zuckerberg’s got some cheek, advocating a universal basic income | Sonia Sodha image
.... It’s deeply hypocritical for Zuckerberg to back the idea of a state-based income while his company does everything it can to avoid paying tax. And there’s a clue Zuckerberg sees a basic income as a replacement for, not in addition to, public services, “It comes from conservative principles of smaller government, rather than progressive principles of a larger safety net,” he writes. ...
Jeremy Corbyn: UK firms must pay more tax to fund better education image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 11:20:27 AM
....”. Lower taxes might bring short-term gains, but would see public services suffer, he argued. ...
Brexit fears trigger exodus of crucial EU health and social care workforce | Hélène Mulholland image
.... And anecdotal evidence suggests that the decline in immigration from public sector workers from the other 27 EU countries is due to uncertainty about the future, combined with a fall in the value of the pound since last June. The loss is already keenly felt by public services blighted by staff shortages and increasingly reliant on EU migrant labour to fill vacancies: in the last three years alone, the number of EU nationals working in the UK’s social care system soared by more than 40%, in response to a parliamentary question earlier this year. ...
Bureaucratic block image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of July 2017 11:13:32 PM
....How air conditioning changed the world. There are practical and cultural reasons why migration can be badly managed: if public services aren't upgraded quickly enough to cope with new arrivals, or belief systems prove hard to reconcile. ...
George Osborne came within weeks of scrapping the penny image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of June 2017 06:47:41 AM
.... They said: ‘Look, it is an interesting idea but it will scare people,’” Korski said, but insisted that there was great excitement about the eventual shift. Korski continued to focus on technology as a means of improving people’s lives after leaving government at the same time as Cameron, and set up a company called Public to showcase the work of startups hoping to transform public services. ...
Extra £1bn for Northern Ireland will barely dent public finances image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 05:04:26 PM
....Treasury forecasts show the government will spend £802bn this financial year and £817bn in the next. In this context, pumping an extra £500m a year into Northern Ireland’s public services and the local economy is small beer. ...
How privatization could spell the end of democracy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 08:00:25 AM
.... It can be hard to find a water fountain in Manhattan, and public transit in American cities ranges from mediocre to nonexistent. But solving these problems by ceding them to the private sector ensures that public services will continue to deteriorate until they disappear. ...
Philip Hammond says Brexit deal must put jobs and prosperity first image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 08:41:04 AM
....Hammond, who campaigned for remain in the referendum and has been arguing in cabinet against the idea of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, said the result of the general election had shown that the country was “weary after seven years of hard slog repairing the damage of the great recession”. But he added that funding for public services could only be delivered by higher taxes, higher borrowing or stronger economic growth. ...
While Corbyn inspired the young, May was terrifying the old image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
....3tn. Unhappiness with student fees chimes with the concerns that young people have over the Tories’ plan to quit the European Union and cut the UK off from the continent, while cutting taxes on business and imposing steep cuts to public services. ...
Older age image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 02:31:40 AM
....Not surprisingly, the ageing population has started to take its toll on the public purse. Almost 30p of every £1 spent on public services goes on health alone, nearly treble the amount that was spent in the 1950s. ...
This election ignores the most pressing issue: our economic outlook is disastrous | Laura Gardiner image
.... Labour’s suite of tax increases would raise government receipts relative to GDP to their highest level since the mid-1980s. This means significantly more money to spend on public services in an expansive programme of nationalisations and investment in health, schools, higher education and childcare. ...
Tax on test: do Britons pay more than most? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:00:20 AM
IFS to voters: you have a choice between the 'undeliverable' or 'unworkable' image
....If the idea behind providing few costed pledges in the Conservative manifesto was designed to provide the IFS with less to attack, the strategy didn’t work. The thinktank says May’s spending plans will put real pressure on public services, and in particular extend to 12 years what is comfortably the most severe squeeze on the NHS since it was founded in 1948. ...
IFS makes damning assessment of Tory and Labour manifestos image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 08:37:33 AM
....“Compared with Labour, they are offering a relatively smaller state and consequently lower taxes. With that offer come unacknowledged risks to the quality of public services. ...
Tories and Labour not being honest with voters: IFS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 08:21:41 AM
...."Compared with Labour, they are offering a relatively smaller state and consequently lower taxes. With that offer come unacknowledged risks to the quality of public services, and tough choices over spending. ...
Conservative manifesto: Theresa May targets mainstream Britain' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 09:26:25 PM
....Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director general, accused the Conservatives of a "blunt approach to immigration" which risked hobbling UK firms trying to attract overseas talent. But Richard Tice, co-chair of Leave Means Leave, said: "Committing to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands is the right thing to do and is simply the average migration levels achieved in the 1990s, when our public services and businesses worked well and low skilled wages were not suppressed as they are now. ...
Greek economy sinks back into recession image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 11:01:53 AM
.... . A 24-hour general strike planned on Wednesday is expected to disrupt transport and public services. ...
Labour reveals 'fat cat' tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay image
....“Voters are fed up with seeing executive pay levels soar at a time when living standards for working families are falling. This levy will put pressure on companies to curb fat cat pay while bringing in some additional revenue to invest in public services,” they said. ...
General election 2017: Lib Dems would end public sector pay squeeze image
....A Conservative spokesman said voting for the Lib Dems would "wreck our finances, risk our economic recovery and destroy the wages of ordinary working families across the country". "The only way to deliver a strong economy which pays for strong public services is by backing Theresa May and her Conservative team," he added. ...
General election 2017: Tory housing plan 'paid from existing budget' image
....". In other general election news, Jeremy Corbyn's party said it would impose a tax on financial transactions to raise billions of pounds for public services. ...
The left must take a lesson from the right and come together to win | Will Hutton image
....The criticism of Labour’s leaked manifesto is thus not that it locked into exploded notions of yesterday’s socialism. Despite the universal bile, a fresh reader will be surprised by its bold willingness to confront the way contemporary capitalism is stratifying the labour market into a new mass precariat and conferring enormous rewards at the top, while crucial public services are being starved of resources or compromised by putting the profit motive first. ...
May to appeal to low-paid voters with new social housing pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 09:00:05 PM
....”. Meanwhile, Labour plans to bring in a “Robin Hood tax” on financial transactions if it wins the general election, in a move to raise billions more for public services. ...
Labour has big spending ideas, but no plan to earn our trust | Phillip Inman image
....From the holes it identifies in NHS funding to the need for an investment bank to promote infrastructure spending, the document has something to say about many of the areas crying out for government intervention. It works as a handy guide to those parts of the economy, the welfare system and public services the next administration must address – or risk the foundations being further undermined. ...
The German economy is unbalanced – but Trump has the wrong answer image
.... And Germany has massive unmet needs in health care, education, and communication and transportation infrastructure. Some will object that infrastructure and public services are nontraded goods, so more spending on them won’t boost imports or narrow the current-account balance. ...
UK needs £15bn in cuts or tax rises to clear deficit by 2022, says IFS image
....His analysis found that in addition to plans already set out, the next government would have to find more savings and more revenues if it wanted to eliminate the deficit before a May 2022 general election. The Conservatives have repeatedly vowed to cut the deficit, which is the gap between what the government receives in tax and other revenues and what it spends on public services, benefits and other areas. ...
Be bold Labour: promise to abandon this ruinous Brexit | Jonathan Steele image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:50:15 PM
....In any case, general elections work on a different dynamic. Labour can remotivate its core voters with its policies of social justice: free school meals; fairness for salary scales within companies; and the protection of the NHS and other public services, financed by investment and higher taxes on the rich. ...
Presidential challenge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 03:10:40 PM
With a whiff of sulphur, George Osborne was gone – but for how long? | Polly Toynbee image
.... His craftiest tax cut was in the popular raising of income tax thresholds labelled as helping the low-paid, though three quarters of the phenomenal cost goes to rewarding higher earners. His austerity was real enough for cutting public services to the very marrow, but generosity was the political game in tax cuts to mainly Tory voters. ...
Labour plans clampdown on 'sweetheart deals' to close £36bn tax gap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 11:01:09 PM
....“The Tories are running a rigged economy for the super-rich and giant corporate tax dodgers. Only Labour will stand up for workers and small businesses to make our tax system fair and our public services like education and the NHS protected. ...
Corbyn attacks M&S and other big firms over late supplier payments image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:13:04 AM
.... But, as every business person knows, there is a world of difference between borrowing for capital spending and borrowing to fund the payroll and day to day trading or service delivery. “The risk of bankruptcy comes not when you borrow to invest in projects that will deliver growth but when you give tax breaks to big companies and the wealthy when you don’t have enough money to run public services. ...
Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty' image
....An expected 8,000 third or additional children are expected to miss out on support of up to £2,780 a year in April, a figure that could climb to 104,000 over the next 12 months, said the authors of the study. The two-child restriction would inflate current child poverty figures by 10% by the end of the parliament, the study predicts, with a knock-on cost to public services of around £270m a year as a result of increased support spending in other areas such as housing and schools. ...
Google reveals latest UK tax bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 02:19:00 PM
....An HMRC spokesman said: "Everyone has to pay the tax due under the law and we do not settle for less. "Our most recent figures show that HMRC brought in a record £26bn in extra tax for our public services, with £7. ...
Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
....”. Cowper said council tax could be scrapped altogether in East Hampshire by 2021 or at least reduced to a token amount to supplement wider public services such as social care. ...
Good riddance to the unfair NIC tax rise. Now what about that £2bn black hole? | John McDonnell image
.... So it is essential that Hammond makes clear how this £2bn of missing funding will be made good. It is critical that he does so not by imposing further cuts on our public services, whether the NHS or schools, and nor do we wish to see further unfair stealth taxes on low and middle earners. ...
We will all need a stiff drink to swallow Hammond’s austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:00:17 AM
....Total taxation as a proportion of national income has been around 34% in recent years. But when the economy is operating close to capacity, as the OBR believes it now is, in a decent society the ratio of taxation to national income should be considerably higher – even close to 40% – in order to provide decent public services. ...
May defends 'fair' National Insurance rise amid criticism image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:28:31 PM
....The shift towards self employment was "eroding the tax base", she argued. "Is it fair? I think it is fair to close the gap in contributions between two people doing the same work and using the same public services to make the same contribution to wider society. ...
Budget 2017: manifesto row clouds chancellor's attempt at low-key package image
....Hammond said: “The difference in national insurance contributions is no longer justified by the difference in benefits entitlement. Employed and self-employed alike use our public services in the same way, but they are not paying for them in the same way. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....But he disappointed anti-poverty campaigners who had urged him to do more for those on the lowest incomes by scaling back welfare cuts and abandoning a freeze on the pay of public sector workers. Corbyn said the budget represented “utter complacency” about the state of the economy and the crisis facing public services. ...
Philip Hammond’s budget – our writers give their views | Polly Toynbee, Zoe Williams, Frances Ryan, Faiza Shaheen and Kate Maltby image
....Speculation has finally ended about chancellor Philip Hammond’s economic philosophy. It’s an approach that says we serve the economy, rather than that the economy serves the public; that public services are an add-on rather than the wheels on the car that keep us moving forward; and that the rich are more important than the poor. ...
Labour says £1m earners should publish tax returns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 03:05:40 PM
....5bn since 2010 that "have brought the system to the brink of collapse". Mr McDonnell also called on Mr Hammond to end the "discrimination" which had seen cuts to public services "disproportionately" affect women. ...
Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 01:10:06 AM
....3m of funding for robotics and AI research at UK universities. The digital strategy builds on the Government Transformation Strategy, launched earlier this month, which maps out how the government intends to improve the relationship between citizens and the state and improve public services. ...
Ex-John Lewis boss: 'The Tories are the insurgents in the West Midlands' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 07:00:00 AM
....Andy Street quit as the boss of John Lewis last year to try to become the mayor of the West Midlands. If elected in May, he plans to turn back to his former employer in an attempt to revolutionise public services. ...
UK government surplus gives Philip Hammond pre-budget boost image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 01:33:43 PM
.... If the UK economy remains stable over the transition period once article 50 is triggered, Hammond could meet his objective to reduce the budget deficit below 2% GDP by 2020-21, while offering a few small giveaways. “These could include alleviating the burden on some small businesses impacted by rising business rates, and providing additional support to public services that are under increasing strain, such as the NHS, social care and education. ...
Who will the Brexiteers blame when the milk and honey fails to flow? | Rafael Behr image
.... Far more likely they will be drawn deeper into the old lie: someone must be held responsible when Brexit does not unblock the sluices of wealth and opportunity; when the milk and honey refuse to flow. The obvious candidates are foreigners and fifth columnists – EU governments that negotiate in bad faith; alien interlopers who drain public services; unpatriotic “remoaners” talking the country down. ...
UK tax burden will soar to highest level for 30 years, warns IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 10:00:11 AM
....A Treasury spokeswoman said the government was committed to repairing the public finances so the UK lived within its means. She said: “That has required some difficult decisions on spending, but we are determined to deliver efficient public services which provide maximum value for every pound of taxpayers’ money. ...
Paris steps up drive to woo London bankers uprooted by Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 04:04:18 PM
....“We are not running that race,” added Pécresse. “ In France we have public services. ...
Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 09:10:14 AM
....Even nurses and doctors could fall victim to the march of the machines, which the report says can outperform humans at some diagnoses and routine surgical procedures, and are more efficient at collecting information. The report argues that public services should become more flexible by embracing a gig economy where workers support themselves through a variety of flexible jobs acquired through online platforms. ...
Will Brexit be a success? Academics devise tests to find out image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of January 2017 01:00:44 PM
....The four tests set out on Monday were:. • The economy and public finances: A successful Brexit will make the country more prosperous overall and will “improve its ability to finance public services”, the report said. ...
'The swamp is Goldman Sachs': how the bank is rewarded for putting profits over people image
.... The banks, she says, like to tout their diversity and welcoming nature and philanthropy, but “anyone who signs up with the Trump administration is more interested in power and money than justice and equality”. There is no bigger sign of that than the impact of the foreclosure crisis, the gutting of public services of Jefferson County, Alabama, and other such dealings. ...
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:22:07 AM
.... Workers in the public sector are already feeling the squeeze, and it seems like there’s worse to come,” O’Grady said. “Government pay restrictions hurt staff in overstretched public services, and make it even harder to recruit good people. ...

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