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Social care should be financed through a prefunded arrangement rather than the current pay-as-you-go system, a new report says. The think tank Reform has published a new report which proposes ‘fundamental reform’ of the social care system by replacing the current ‘pay-as-you-go’ (PAYG) approach to financing later-life care with a prefunded arrangement. Under this arrangement […]

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So the question is, how does the deal between the DUP and the Tories benefit the WHOLE of the United Kingdom? Not the announcement of £1 billion in extra funding for Northern Ireland that’s for sure! As to the other parts of the deal, they sound to me a lot like things that the Tories […]

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‘Another blow to the austerity agenda’. Jack Sommers – Assistant News Editor, HuffPost UK The Government’s benefits cap is causing “real misery” to lone parents’ young children, the High Court has said in a damning judgment of austerity-driven welfare cuts. In the damning judgment, Mr Justice Collins said the four single mothers who brought the […]

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Lessons from the ashes of Grenfell – Claire Fox*

by danielbarker on 23 June, 2017

The unspeakable horror of the Grenfell Tower disaster has had a deep impact on the whole country and beyond. Many of us have cried. Then we raged – justifiably – that this may have been an avoidable tragedy, bitterly noting the fire might have been indirectly due to lack of care, even criminal negligence for […]

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You see, democracy does work…….sometimes!

by danielbarker on 22 June, 2017

Not all that many seats changed hands in the General Election, but the impact is staggering. It is possible to trace a direct connection between the number of seats the Liberal Democrats took from the Tories / retained in the face of Tory campaigns and the massive changes to the Conservative legislative programme outlined in […]

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The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo. Despite the lack of a Local Government Finance Bill, a Department for Communities and Local Government spokeswoman said: ‘The Government is committed to delivering the manifesto pledge to help local authorities control more of the […]

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Britain is ‘flat-lining’ on key measurements of social progress compared with other developed nations, according to an international study. It identified a link between the austerity policies introduced by Conservatives and a lack of improvement in quality of life, particularly in the area of housing. The 2017 Social Progress Index ranked the UK 12th out […]

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‘One Walsall Network Meeting’: Covering Darlaston, Bentley, Short Heath & Willenhall • Monday 17th July • Time: 10.00am • Venue Bentley Pavilion/ Darlaston Football Club They plan to do one per Partnership area, so this one will cover Darlaston, Bentley, Willenhall & Short Heath Register via One Walsall website/Newsletter Summer School Holiday – FREE Young […]

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The Government’s air quality plans ‘unfairly’ shifts the burden of tackling air pollution onto ‘over-stretched’ local authorities – and sets them up for failure. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has criticised the Government’s plans to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air, accusing Whitehall of ‘offloading’ their responsibility onto councils. The […]

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Under a truly proportional electoral system, the main UK-wide parties would have got the following number of seats: Conservative – 276 Labour – 260 Liberal Democrat – 48 Greens – 10 UKIP – 12 Interestingly for those critical of the DUP, under PR they would only have 6 seats and would not be in a […]

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