This blog is for UNICEF.
Today’s headlines are cuts, cuts and more cuts. I would love to tell Osborne to cut his family budget by 40% and see how he copes. Then when he starts to struggle, cut his budget further.
But they don’t give a s***, as shown by this national headline….
The government’s own impact assessment shows more than 330,000 children from low-income families in England will be hit by plans to reduce the benefit cap. It estimates that single mothers will be hit hardest as a group by the cap – constituting 59% of those affected by the change, and that more than three-quarters of the households affected will be aged between 25 and 44. The DWP estimates that the cap will save £300m incash terms in 2017/18, rising to £480m in 2021. But it admits that it has not yet modelled the costs of supporting those families affected.
Not only are they widening the poverty gap, they are widening the North South divide too….yippee! Go Tories!!!…..
Analysis by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) reveals the value of council spending in England has fallen by 32% as a result of government cuts since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Data for the current financial year shows local authority budgets falling in every part of the country except the South East, with the largest declines compared with 2014/15 seen in the North East (down 4.9%), Yorkshire and the Humber ( down 4.7%) and the West Midlands (down 3.8%).
But don’t worry, the FT and the LGA believe councils are finally getting their act together and becoming more like an enterprise not an organisation providing services to the community…
The FT examines how a new wave of innovation is sweeping local authorities, as austerity spurs a wave of entrepreneurial thinking among councils. It notes that more councils are setting themselves up as trading companies, redefining themselves as commissioners, rather than providers, of services. Research conducted by Localis has found that almost all now share some services with another council, and more than half own a trading company. Gary Porter, head of the Local Government Association, suggests tough times have the potential to bring out the best in councils. “The hard times are when the really good people start to shine,” he states.
Thanks to North Ayrshire, they won’t let budget cuts affect children needing meals through the school holidays (the blues won’t like that at all – very indulgent… I wonder if they will get pudding too?)
A council is serving thousands of free dinners to children over the summer holidays. North Ayrshire Council hopes the scheme will help youngsters who are entitled to free school meals during term time.