PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS

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Post by Stanley » 24 Apr 2018, 05:20

See THIS report in the Guardian on the news that the use of food banks run by the Trussel Trust has risen 13% since Universal Credit was brought in. They are handing out more and more three day emergency packs of food. Why isn't this a big news story? Probably for the same reason that whilst wealthy Chinese have no problem getting permission to stay in the UK people like the Windrush children and many other commonwealth citizens are threatened with deportation, the latter are poor and of no account.
There is a lot of talk about anti-Semitism, we need the same amount of attention directed towards the neglect of the poor, it is just as discriminatory as racism and causes more damage.
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Post by Stanley » 27 Apr 2018, 04:18

See THIS BBC report on the latest crime figures. Can anyone doubt the effect of reducing police budgets as a factor? The Tories will respond by saying how much money they are injecting but make no mention of the reduction in police funding, numbers and operational capacity under austerity. They crow about borrowing being reduced but this is the hidden cost.
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Post by Stanley » 10 May 2018, 05:41

See THIS report on Chris Grayling's promise to digitise the signalling on all our railways. He says that it is the equivalent of ditching steam.... That went well didn't it! By not opting for electrification but sticking to diesels they condemned us to falling behind the rest of Europe's railways. Now they say they can fix this with digitisation.... Why does this not fire me with optimism? Look at the cut backs to electrification, quietly dropped on many lines after extensive promises and the schemes that are progressing in the South are running late and way above budget. Then there is the fact that it is Grayling who is promising this..... I shall believe it when I see it.
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Post by Stanley » 11 May 2018, 03:39

I saw part of the BBC programme on ambulances last night and the situation is quite dreadful in terms of waiting times at hospitals. All those assets sat parked up! Trouble is that it is becoming the norm, the people in the programme were not talking about eliminating waiting tomes but reducing them. This situation is becoming 'normal'.
The government announce they are making £50million available to grammar schools to enable them to expand. This has provoked outrage from the government, the head teachers, the unions and teachers themselves. It is disgraceful that the government is continuing to promote grammar schools by other means when they were forced to drop legislation after May's failed General Election. This at a time when parents in many schools are being asked to give donations to fund normal school expenses like text books.
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Post by Stanley » 17 May 2018, 05:36

Anyone who has been following the rising crime figures and falling prosecution rates will be aware of the fact that the overall cut of 35% in police funding is taking effect. Add to this the diversion of resources into other matters as crime becomes more complicated and we learn that some forces are setting up response lines where personnel untrained in police matters assess 999 calls against a check list on screens and inform complainants whether they can expect a response or not. This is becoming the norm as there is a chronic shortage of trained detectives.
One of the key responsibilities of governance is to maintain law and order and support the victims. This is now no longer being observed. Look at other public services as well and you will find the same picture. This is the reality of austerity and public service cuts and is utterly shameful. How much further can they go?
Part of the answer to that question my be HERE, get used to the idea, it is coming....... and when it happens private security forces on gated communities will agitate for the same rights.
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Post by Tizer » 17 May 2018, 08:45

All made worse by the fact that we can expect more gated communities and therefore more private security forces. It's not only driven by people being made fearful for their safety; there's another driver and it relates to the troubles over freehold properties being hit with service charges. We've seen how even buying a freehold house can now lead to unexpected charges for services. The developers have caught onto this way of not only making more money but keeping a continuing flow of cash from each property. Making a development into a gated community has the immediate advantage that the developer can apply charges for maintaining the security and then can add on charges for other services too. A Cunning Wheeze! Of course it's always likely that the developer will then sell on the whole package to another company, which then sells it on again...until it ends up owned by someone in Russia or China.

By the way, I knew that our local water company, Wessex Water, has been owned for some years by YTL, a Malaysian company. But I hadn't known that previous to that it had been owned by that well-known US shady outfit Enron which was done for fraud, hence the sale to YTL.

And here's another bit of Private Eye type news (but this time from The Times)...we all know of Zoopla, the successful British property market company, and it's now to be sold to an American company. A Times correspondent noted how when GKN was to be sold to Melrose, the Daily Mail made a big fuss about selling off a great British company but it has said nothing similar about Zoopla. Why? Could it be because the Mail's owner, DMGT, owns 30% of Zoopla and stands to make £600 million out of the sale? :smile:

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Re: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS

Post by Stanley » 18 May 2018, 03:20

You are quite right Tiz. Life gets more complicated these days, there are always wheels within wheels and hidden linkages. Some of the ones that are flagged up in PE are quite astonishing, even our sainted Theresa isn't immune, go and have a dig! I know I'm a dinosaur living in a fools paradise but life was simpler 50 years ago......
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