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Government should 'get its act together' over nursing shortage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35929383 - 2009-2015, nurse numbers have grown only 1.1%, while GP referrals over the same time period rose 16% and A&E admissions rose 18%. [...] not just rise in population but also more people w complex, multiple, chronic, conditions.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Martin Lewis conforonts Osborne over his living wage con
companies cut back on perks, lunch breaks, and paid overtime arrangements. or change work arrangement; change to being self-employed contractor. //&! As predicted Osborne's national living wage is a con - youtu.be/MQfEWTN5hR4 - cut of overtime and weekend pay bonus. - ALSO THERE COMES AGE DISCRIMINATION. BECAUSE starts not for students!/<25years old! //&! bbc.co.uk/news/business-36082247 - Osborne warns firms not to cut perks on back of National Living Wage
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places
[ we are not all in it together ] Councils say funding pressure is deepening crisis but Department for Education says free schools will make up the numbers [...] [north and deprived areas] The latest data reveals that the councils facing shortfalls in places by 2019-20 are Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Walsall, Bexley, Greenwich, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Slough. //&! Poor children need better chance of good school place, says report. High-performing primary schools are under-selecting pupils from low-income families, claims education charity - bit.ly/23AJFFf
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Super-gonorrhoea's spread 'causing huge concern'
Doctors have expressed "huge concern" that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England and to gay men.
The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged in Leeds, as one of the main treatments had become useless against it.
Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of "limited success".
Doctors fear the sexually transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.
Cases of super-gonorrhoea have now been detected in the West Midlands, London and southern England.
Only 34 cases have been officially confirmed in laboratory testing, >>> but this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg of an infection that can be symptomless. <<< + cuts to public health budget! //&! bit.ly/23PdjDp
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - bbc.in/1Yui4OZ &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - bbc.in/1YtK7OF //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Future of Steel - Ken Clarke & Paul Mason - BBC Newsnight
[TORIES CRISIS: bedroom tax, JSA sanctions killing people, Food Banks, redefining child poverty and fuel poverty, Independent Living Fund closed, Housing Crisis, tax cut defeat in Lords, mental health, NHS strikes, Hinkley Point C, energy prices, London Airport expansion/3rd runway, ESA cut, PIP cut and resignation of IDS, Brexit splitting the Party, shit world economy, can't touch triple-lock pensions, Academy plans, Panama Papers (British Territory: Bahamas, Cayman & Co).] Now - Tories are victims to their own policy of underinvestment since 2010 of a future-proof economy "long-term predictability" [BREXIT & austerity not predictable]. Energy prices too high, not competitive. Manufacturing never recovered. Monetary policy has run its course (sedative + Chinas credit bubble). policy folly now wholly exposed! AND now they tinker with the idea of picking winners! LOL! nationalising or part-nationalising through guarantees or subsidies on energy price. & youtu.be/QJw24Z-cEoQ
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight
turning a banking crisis into a budget deficit blowout and blaming it on poor working age people with some benefits to their name. //&! What will it be the Budget be remembered for? DEBATE - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/iOrhLL-Pe3E - productivity is about increasing public and private investment, and private investment has been falling year after year. tax cuts ie corporate tax rate, do not increase private investment. and household debt/consumer debt/credit car/car loan/student debt is rising and rising, taking up the slack that Osborne is cutting from the budget.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Pensions stance creates budgetary mayhem
Disability benefits: they are forecast to increase by £2bn over the next five years. Could do something there. Sickness benefits: they are predicted to rise by about £1bn. Might be able to save some of that. But what's this? It's rising by £15bn over the coming five years. That's the one. Off our Martian goes to see the chancellor. "What are pensions?" she asks. That is the problem the government is struggling with. Its political refusal to touch pensions, or pensioner benefits, has in a stroke protected the single biggest cost in the welfare budget. And the cost that is rising the most. [ AND ADD INTO THE SAME BUCKET THE NHS and PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET! ] Welcome to your new job, Stephen Crabb.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Stephen Crabb: 'No further plans' for welfare cuts
BIG BREAKDOWN W INFOGRAPHIC OF THE BUDGET and DWP Budget // A Downing Street spokesman said the government would still deliver on its commitment to save £12bn from welfare by the end of the Parliament in 2020. [...] The Conservative leadership has been under fire - including from some of its own backbenchers - over the cuts to disability payments, which came at the same time as tax cuts for higher earners.
Mr Duncan Smith - who resigned on Friday - said this flew in the face of Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne's oft-repeated claim that "we are all in this together". [...] [ CAMERON ] "None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the actions of this government and the work of the chancellor in turning our economy around." //&! No more welfare cuts, for now - bbc.in/1pGxCV4 - still 2015 budget post-election had £12bn in the card!
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
43% 'resume smoking after giving birth'
But regional data shows wide differences across the country - with more smokers in poorer areas. Prof Jonathan Grigg of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the findings of this study were a worrying sign for the state of child health.
He added: "We need to fully support parents in the first few months with their baby to highlight to them the importance of keeping their home smoke-free.
"Health visitor and smoking-cessation services are vital to this process, but with the £200m reduction in funding for public health, these services are at risk."
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Osborne's economic fitness regime - BBC News
[2015] 80% OF ECONOMY CONSUMER SPENDING! - The economy has enjoyed what Andrew Goodwin of Oxford Economics describes as a "sugar rush" -the equivalent of a big tax cut - or 'fiscal stimulus' - through lower petrol prices. The economy grew by 2.2% last year; 80% of that growth was down to consumer spending. "That [growth] strikes us as some distance below par given the tailwinds we have had," Mr Goodwin says. And after the sugar rush comes the sugar crash: growth is likely to be revised down in the years to come because of global economic weakness.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Not enough doctors for 7-day NHS, says Royal College head - BBC News
There are not enough doctors to run a seven-day NHS in England, according to a leading doctor.
In a speech on Tuesday, Royal College of Physicians president Prof Jane Dacre will warn ministers the issue must be addressed if their policy is to work.
She will highlight research that shows vacant posts are not being filled and gaps in rotas are being seen.
It comes as ministers are locked in a dispute with junior doctors over their plans for improving weekend care.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon says she might not maintain Budget tax cuts - BBC News
Scotland's first minister said the time was not right for George Osborne to make "significant tax cuts for the better off in our society".
Mr Osborne will detail his UK Budget next week.
Holyrood will be able to set the rates and bands of income tax for the first time from April 2017. [...] In the summer of last year, the Conservative politician pledged to increase the starting point of the 40p income tax rate from £42,385 to £43,000.
He also set out his ambition to remove all workers who earn under £50,000 from the 40p bracket by 2020-21.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror | Society | The Guardian
Britain spending £47bn a year dealing with the healthcare and social costs of an increasingly overweight population, study finds. Obesity is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47bn a year, a report has found. The study, commissioned by consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, reveals obesity has the second-largest economic impact on the UK behind smoking, generating an annual loss equivalent to 3% of GDP. [...] It has called for a co-ordinated response from governments, retailers, restaurants and food and drink manufacturers to address what it calls the “global obesity crisis”. A series of 44 interventions could bring 20% of overweight or obese people in UK back to normal weight within five to 10 years, the report says. This would save around £16bn a year in the UK, including an annual saving of about £766m in the NHS, according to the study. [...] “Today 25% of the nation is obese and 37% is overweight.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Austerity has hit disabled people hardest – now they're fighting back | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
The charity has accused the council of systemic failures, including removing wellbeing payments without offering an alternative, and raising eligibility criteria for social care so that disabled people who previously received services are no longer able to do so.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time | Politics | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine who deserves something for nothing, and disability ] Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found ‘unfit to work.’ The House of Lords has defeated the government again over welfare reform and work bill proposals to cut £30 a week from the benefits of ill and disabled people who have been found unfit to work. Peers passed an amendment that calls on ministers to deliver a formal assessment of the likely impact of the cut on the health, finances and work prospects of hundreds of thousands of claimants, who will see their unemployment benefits reduced by £1,500 a year. [...] there is no evidence that the proposed cut would help ESA Wrag recipients get back into employment, while campaigners say the cut will push claimants further into poverty. [...] The government estimates that the cut would save the Treasury £1.4bn over four years. [ vs tax avoidance of ~20bn a year ] &! bit.ly/1T621bN &! bit.ly/1Lx6PyH
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Secondary school places for all 'undeliverable', councils warn - BBC News
[ planning taken out of hands of councils ] [ first the teachers strike (2014), then the doctors strike (2015/2016) - bit.ly/1T3QTfc ] The legal duty of councils in England to ensure that every child has a school place could soon become undeliverable, local authorities have warned. With a population bulge about to hit secondary schools, councils want powers to open new maintained schools and to compel academies to expand. Thousands of children are due to hear on Tuesday which secondary school they will attend from September. However the government says the warning amounts to "scaremongering". The population bulge which has put primary schools under pressure will start hitting secondary schools this year, according to official figures. Last year councils had to provide 2,740,000 secondary school places, but this will rise to 3,287,000 by 2024, the figures predict.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Thousands of NHS nursing and doctor posts lie vacant - BBC News
[ rising demand ] Tens of thousands of NHS nursing and doctor posts are vacant. The figures, obtained by the BBC, show the extent of the NHS recruitment crisis. Health unions blame poor workforce planning, but officials say the NHS has more staff than ever before. Data from a BBC Freedom of Information request shows that on 1 December 2015, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had more than 23,443 nursing vacancies. That's equivalent to 9% of the workforce. For comparison, the average vacancy rate across the UK economy from November to January 2016 was 2.7%, according to figures provided by the Office for National Statistics. [...] These figures show that between 2013 and 2015, there has been a 50% increase in nursing vacancies, from 12,513 to 18,714. For doctors, the number of vacancies went from 2,907 to 4,669 over the same period, an increase of roughly 60%
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mental health care 'failing most people' - BBC News
Inadequate and underfunded mental health care in England is leading to thousands of "tragic and unnecessary deaths" [...] around three-quarters of people with mental health problems received no help at all. It said more needs to be done to tackle rising suicide rates. Ministers agreed with the findings, committing a £1bn extra a year by 2020 to treat a million more people. This is to come out of the £8.4bn the government has promised to the health service during this Parliament and comes on top of extra money already announced for children's services. David Cameron said the plan would help put "mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing". [ would help on the way, but not actually putting it, no targets, nothing to be held accountable to. this is piecemeal, satisfying the headlines, appearing to do something. is minority service. easier to under fund than cancer or neuro. demand resource mismatch @those ] //&! bbc.in/1QgiJxX
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS mental health funding falls in England - FoI figures - BBC News
[ minority of patients. Can't do that with cancer treatment! Public sentiment would rip you apart. ] Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15. This compares to a rise of 2.6% in hospital trusts' operating budgets, according to analysis by the Health Foundation think-tank. The Department of Health said mental health care funding overall was rising. In the year to April 2016 the budget for mental health trusts was projected to rise just 0.3%. Of the 53 out of 59 mental health trusts in England which responded to the FOI request, 29 said their budget would be lower this year than last. [...] funding is not keeping pace - and many are facing cuts. [...] In Scotland, mental health spending was up just 0.1% last year, and down a projected 0.4% this year. [...] money increasingly is getting sucked in to meet their rising costs, [ diet-related and chronic preventable diseases ] & bbc.in/243Y4Yp
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Police drop Kids Company abuse investigation | UK news | The Guardian
[ were they led to believe? who put in the claims? was it from the top? to make the problem go away finally, forever? - bit.ly/1TZqe2k ] Scotland Yard says no evidence was found to justify referring allegations of physical and sexual abuse to prosecutors //&! - Kids Company founder says 'malicious' child abuse claims led to closure Camila Batmanghelidjh says exemplary charity was overwhelmed with demand and tells Guardian of her anger at betrayal of children, staff and donors - bit.ly/1P0td50 //&! Kids Company debacle raises questions about social work reforms. David Cameron and Michael Gove were strong supporters of the failed charity. Can their new direction on child protection really be trusted? - http://bit.ly/1VclPr5 //&! Social workers aren't failing the system – the system is failing them The government’s focus on overhauling social workers’ education will not address the problems of recruitment and retention - bit.ly/1Qbcf7t & bit.ly/1WdmPKZ &! bit.ly/1SNuoLD
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Was a deal over doctors' contracts ever possible? - BBC News
[ resources already pledged do not meet demand. especially chronic and complex diseases taking too much of a share of resources. ] In short, the profession believes if staffing is to be increased at weekends it needs to be accompanied by an increase in investment. But ministers are trying to do this for the same money. The sums simply don't add up, doctors say.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS watchdog to 'monitor social media care complaints' - BBC News
Comments on social media will be used by England's health regulator to learn of possible NHS failings as part of an inspection overhaul, it is reported. [...] The CQC's budget is being cut and it expects to carry out fewer inspections. Mr Wyman told the newspaper the new strategy would not "rip up" the current approach to inspection, but "refine" its methods. [ Tories cut the budget of the regulator they have created - LOL ] [...] In the consultation document, the CQC says it expects its budget to be cut from £249m in the current financial year to £217 million in 2019-20.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hospitals may refuse to impose Jeremy Hunt’s new contract on junior doctors | Society | The Guardian
[7-day service] Tory unrest grows over health secretary’s gamble as opt-out could lead to a flood of local deals with trusts [...] The Guardian has established that none of the 152 foundation trust hospitals in England will be obliged to force their junior doctors to accept the deal and can instead offer them better terms. The disclosure of an opt-out for top hospitals threatens to derail the health secretary’s controversial push to impose new terms and conditions on all 45,000 junior doctors that has sparked their bitter and long-running dispute. [...] Labour accused Hunt of misleading parliament on Thursday by claiming in his Commons statement that an array of “senior NHS leaders” backed imposition. Thirteen of the 20 supposed signatories of a letter of support have since disowned it and said they do not back Hunt. [...] A growing number of medical organisations are warning that Hunt’s move will worsen the NHS’s shortage of medical staff. [ misrepresenting weekend deaths ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS 'will miss £22bn efficiency savings target', says thinktank | Society | The Guardian
[ nothing is addressed in prevention - mismatch between demand by chronically ill (high cost and returning again and again for treatment) and resources available ] Last October Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, committed the service to plugging £22bn of the expected £30bn gap in its finances by 2020 through productivity gains of 2% or 3% a year between now and 2020. Since then the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have promised to provide the other £8bn by 2020 from government funds, though Labour has refused to do the same. “It’s quite possible that the NHS will miss the £22bn target by quite a long way and therefore require much more than £8bn in additional funding. That’s a realistic possibility”, said Richard Murray, the King’s Fund’s director of policy. //&! bit.ly/1j6Q1q1 &! bit.ly/1QuxC1e - Cuts of £4.6bn to local authority social care press hard on the NHS – with beds blocked by frail people [...] [technically raised budget 4 NHS, but demand is rising!]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt makes the wrong diagnosis - Jason Beattie - Mirror Online
Jeremy Hunt claims the new terms are necessary if the government is to deliver its ambition of a 7-day NHS. But there is a deeper issue of why Mr Hunt is pressing ahead with these reforms when there is a the far bigger crisis facing the health service - the dire state of social care. To put it another way: why is the Health Secretary trying to build an extension when the main house is in danger of collapsing? In the last parliament the Coalition government cut social care by more than £3billion despite warnings it would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS as elderly patients require treatment which could have been prevented if they had been cared for at home. The NHS is now suffering from the consequences of those cuts.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Record rise in NHS dissatisfaction levels - survey says - BBC News
"What's gone wrong is the public's perception of the NHS under growing pressure. Money is tight, waiting times are getting longer, people are concerned that when they need the NHS it might not be there for them." [...] But he said the "most important set of results" were on social care. He said the satisfaction levels were "deeply concerning" and said the system needed greater funding. [...] A spokesman for the Department of Health in England said: "There is pressure on the NHS as our population ages, and that's why the government is investing record amounts to transform care." [ << BUT NO PREVENTION THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. INSTEAD THEY CUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH (ie stop smoking support, STD clinics) by +200m in 2015 budget ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mental health beds search 'a scandal' - BBC News
[ cut bets and cut nurses and other positions ] President of the RCP, Prof Sir Simon Wessely, said: "Everyone agrees that it is a scandal that patients with serious mental disorders who need admission can end up being sent anywhere from Cornwall to Cumbria in a search for a bed. And yet it continues. "The answers lie not in just providing more beds, although there are definitely places where that might help in the short term, but assessing the entire system." The report, led by former chief executive of NHS England, Lord Nigel Crisp, said access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients was inadequate nationally and, in some cases, potentially dangerous. [...] 'Breaking point' Minister for Mental Health, Alistair Burt, said the report would help to shape planned changes to build a better mental health service. "NHS England will soon be publishing its independent Mental Health Taskforce report, backed by the £1bn investment announced by the prime minister...
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Prisons overhaul to be announced by David Cameron - BBC News
He will say the "failure" of the current system, with its high reoffending rates and levels of violence, is "scandalous". He is expected to announce prison governors will be given more say over how jails spend their money. [ BUT NOT MORE MONEY AS A WHOLE TO PREVENT, INTERVENE, REINTEGRATE and this was not in the Manifesto ] [...] "Not everyone shows remorse and not everyone seeks redemption. "But I also strongly believe that we must offer chances to change; that for those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope; that in a compassionate country, we should help those who've made mistakes to find their way back onto the right path." [...] "Prisons are currently violent and overcrowded. As such, they fail everyone: victims, the public, staff and prisoners themselves. [...] outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales said prisons were "as bad as you could possibly imagine". [...] conditions in adult prisons had deteriorated over the past five years.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
As growth falters, Osborne hopes Mark Carney can keep a lid on interest rates | Business | The Guardian
The chancellor faces lower GDP and lower tax receipts as a result. So it’s vital that consumers’ desire to keep spending isn’t hit by a nasty shock from the Bank [ // Confidence Fairy // ] The Bank of England has downgraded its forecasts for the UK’s GDP growth and the outlook for wages, most likely robbing the exchequer of vital income tax receipts. And without the funds to maintain pensions and health service spending, his critics will gleefully play back the speech from last November during which he declared that Britain was on the road to becoming “the most prosperous and secure of all the major nations of the world”. [...] Yet his words ring hollow when so many of the post-crash problems are still with us, from the burden of high private and public debts to Europe’s rapidly ageing population, which encourage saving over investment, and a reluctance from government and big business to boost capital spending.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Employment and Support Allowance should not be cut - campaigners - BBC News
- bbc.in/1mhcpOT // putting disabled into poverty. as long as people are discriminated against in the workplace ... and no anonymous interview, nor CV exists ... this is not fair. // POSITIONING and SPIN and PR - less money and incentive vs a better life ... "A DWP spokesman said the government was "committed to ensuring that people have the best support possible". "The current system needs reform because it fails to provide the right incentives, and acts to trap people on welfare," the spokesman said."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Kids in Crisis - All 4
Across the UK, children are being moved far from home to receive mental health treatment [...] "you feel impotent" [...] [ 100's of beds have been cut and ~10% of mental health nurses have been lost ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis (From Herald Scotland)
[ hiring foreigners ] TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession. Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration. People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Holyrood and Westminster 'some distance' from finance deal - BBC News
The Scottish and UK governments are "some distance" from a deal on new financial arrangements for Holyrood, according to Scotland's finance secretary. // Osborn trying to get best deal in his interest to show in 2020 he reduced budget deficit by X as proclaimed in 2015.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Shock figures show patients stuck in north hospitals for more than a year despite being fit to leave - Press and Journal
Shock new figures show eight patients across NHS Highland and NHS Grampian were kept in hospital for more than a year, despite doctors giving the green light for them to be discharged. Another 20 patients at the two health boards were left in limbo for more than six months. Last night Health Secretary Shona Robison admitted there was “much more to do” to tackle the so-called bed blocking, which costs the NHS millions of pounds each year. [...] These patients were all classified as so-called ‘Code 9′ patients – meaning they require specialist support, such as space in a care home, before they are able to return to the community. [...] “The availability of suitable facilities to safely accommodate those of our patients with the most complex conditions is limited, [...] unable to dedicate enough staff. The health board admitted that recruitment to the adult care sector was a growing problem, //&! Care homes and the NHS: The silent scandal? - bbc.in/23GhyCd & bbc.in/1PfdoHx
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Next week's junior doctor strike on - BBC News
[ after they came back on the table from the first strike and another strike as been called off during negotiation ] Next week's strike by junior doctors in England will go ahead as talks with the government have failed to reach a solution - but union leaders say medics will provide emergency cover. [...] BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana said despite some "good progress" the union had been left no choice but to announce the stoppage would take place. He accused the government of taking an "entrenched" position by insisting the extra pay doctors get for working on a Saturday is cut. [ Tories redefine WEEKEND, as they did with poverty, and else ] Dr Malawana said: "What we are asking for is fair and affordable recognition of unsocial hours."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Olly Alexander: 'You start to think you're alone and crazy but help is out there' | Society | The Guardian
(Gay) Years & Years singer speaks about facing mental ill health, reactions from fans and his anger at cuts in mental health services. &! Longer Version of Video - youtu.be/YjGljrW31Mw //&! Mental illness is devastating lives. Where is the outrage? There’s less stigma these days, but we still don’t have services that can cope with the demand - bit.ly/1UnWR7R
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Google tax: Osborne says companies 'must pay fair share of taxes' - BBC News
fair share - vs - correct amount // Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed an agreement for US firm Google to pay £130m in UK back taxes, and dismisses complaints from Labour politicians about it. //&! And Google EU Head said "will pay more" - vs - will pay from now on the correct amount - bbc.in/1Qz7uFL
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Number of mental health nurses falls 10% | Society | The Guardian
mental health was one of the first line items cut by trusts! service provided to a minority of constituency base.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
MPs launch tax inquiry after criticism of £130m Google-HMRC deal | Business | The Guardian
MPs have launched an inquiry into the UK’s tax system after the government was accused of allowing Google to pay too little in a £130m deal. The House of Commons Treasury committee announced that it would examine whether a radical shakeup of corporation tax was needed, amid concern that Google has been allowed to get away with an effective rate of 3%. The inquiry is not directed at Google, but will investigate the UK’s shrinking corporate tax base more widely and whether HMRC is doing enough to tackle avoidance. It will ask whether there needs to be a radical shakeup of the system, and whether business taxation could be based on turnover rather than profits. Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the committee, said the UK’s tax law had become too elastic, allowing companies to get away legally with paying too little. [...] [ 6 year audit by HMRC, is a sweetheart VIP backroom deal, 130m was all they got, not more! from Google. ] //&! bit.ly/1RJc713 &! bbc.in/1UoxMJQ
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis? | Society | The Guardian
Fast-track treatment aims to ease growing problem in the UK, but critics say it is the clinical equivalent to online dating [...] [ mental health - a mental health crisis ] This is no fringe issue in the health of the nation. The NHS believes people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average, but the system is struggling to cope. Lord Layard, a government adviser on mental health, identified mental health problems as “the biggest causes of misery in Britain today”, with an estimated 6 million people affected. [ needs massive investment, no call centres ] [...] Meanwhile 40% of mental health trusts saw spending cuts over the past two years and fewer than one in eight people who suffered a mental health crisis said they received appropriate care in 2015, according to the Care Quality Commission. The regulator concluded this was “unsafe and inherently unfair”. [ referring complex cases to call centre is neglect and malpractice ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen and Edinburgh highlighted in city economies report - BBC News
No Scottish cities were in the top 10 for "low-wage, high-welfare" economies. The 2016 report - described as a "health check" for the 63 largest UK cities - focused on Chancellor George Osborne's vow to build a "higher wage, lower welfare" economy, as set out in the Summer Budget 2015. >> It argued that nearly a million new jobs had been created in cities since 2010 - but that the average salary had also dropped by £1,300 per resident. 'High-wage, low-welfare' << [...] The think tank said the two areas' ability to attract high-skilled jobs - in the oil and professional services industries for example - was the key to their success. It argued that cities with high wages had seen faster jobs growth, with employment rising by 10% since 2010, compared with 3% in low-wage cities. [...] [ Housing Crisis across the country thus ] increased housing benefit payments.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
There’s so much to protest against. How to keep up? | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian
On the eve of a House of Lords vote, more than 30 charities, including Mencap, Parkinson’s UK and Mind, plus peers, including Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, have criticised the cuts (which would in effect reduce ESA to ordinary jobseeker level), arguing that they would put the disabled under increased pressure and make it harder for them to find work. [...] This is what matters at present – however dutifully the Labour party opposes cuts, the Tories clearly feel “unopposed” and thus free to continue unleashing their bombardments. People like me may also owe the shamed, battered Liberal Democrats an apology – during their time in coalition perhaps they did put the brakes on the worst excesses of Tory policy.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: Chancellor George Osborne to cost Scots working mothers £3,400 each year (From Herald Scotland)
[ via redd.it/41uxs1 ] New figures reveal for the first time the impact on Scots from George Osborne's cuts to in-work benefits through the new Universal Credit. Critics have accused the Chancellor of attempting to resurrect his scrapped tax credit cuts by the back door. Analysis shows that the average Scottish single mother-of-two working full time on the new National Living Wage would be £3,321 a year worse off by 2021. [...] The research by the House of Commons Library emphasizes the difference between those who remain on tax credits and those on Universal Credit, currently being phased in across Scotland. Next year a single mother of two in Scotland working full time on the minimum wage would be an average of £2,981 a year worse off if they are on Universal Credit than someone in identical circumstances on tax credits. [...] George Osborne's determination to fix the deficit on the backs of working people,
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: Labour doesn’t believe in home ownership – video | Society | The Guardian
home ownership is the only wealth item in privates balance sheet. but as we know from history, dont base ur wealth on one asset. particular houses. houses/flats are there to be lived in. & maybe move out & into a new one, moving city for new or better job. property should not be prioritised as singular wealth storage // USA promoted home ownership // Tories policy is helping people save, and buy, keeping the house prices going up an up and up. // &! Complete Privatisation of housing market; Ministers want to get rid of social housing, former civil service chief to say. Lord Kerslake to say housing bill will force councils to sell off more than 100,000 homes to subsidise right-to-buy discounts - bit.ly/1Qr1FKr - The former head of the civil service will accuse government ministers this week of trying to phase out social housing altogether in favour of a new generation of “starter” homes that will be unaffordable for people on low incomes. //&! bit.ly/20lvGOp Privatisation a disaster
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Britain's Trillion Pound Island - Inside Cayman
20bn£/year go through tax avoidance (legal through loopholes). = 20bn austerity for next 4-5 years this parliament from 2015. and was around the same from 2010 as Tories came to power forming coalition with lib dems. // who can pay for the lawyer and lobbyist - to implement loopholes. // its the gov that lets make the rules, by lobbyists. // (New Labour) Gordon Brown cut corp tax in his time by 5% and Osborne will have it cut by further 10% points in his two parliament sittings as chancellor. "You can't compete with Zero." << Cayman Islands (no infrastructure and no educated people) - vs. - UK (with infrastructure and educated people, social safety net, pensions). // ultimately, tax laws have to be changed in the local country, not cayman islands.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Google agrees £130m UK tax deal with HMRC - BBC News
Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities. The company had been accused of "not paying its fair share" of tax, and criticised for complex tax structures. Senior figures at the technology company have said that they want to draw a line under the issue. [...] Tax inquiry Google's move comes after a six year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) [ which is underfunded ] . It acted after controversy over the low level of taxes paid by multinational companies that operate in the UK but are headquartered abroad. Despite the UK being one of Google's biggest markets, it paid £20.4m in taxes in 2013. The value of its sales in Britain that year was £3.8bn. The company has been criticised for its complex international tax structures. //&! sweetheart deal, HMRC and the government has shown to be weak! - bbc.in/1Nre9v5 - but be hard on families with children and vulnerable. //&! bit.ly/20kNZmU &! bit.ly/1PNNhHq
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
On call in Shetland: a cliff-hanging GP at the NHS's northern limits | Society | The Guardian
ut Bowie is nervous about the future of her practice. She will retire soon and has no clear idea what will happen when she does, particularly to her out-of-hours service – a voluntary part of her work. There is a chronic shortage of new family doctors across the UK. Scotland, where a third of all GPs plan to retire in the next five years, is no exception. The Royal College of General Practitioners estimates between 563 and 915 new family doctors may be needed by 2020. Shetland alone has five GP vacancies.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
10 truths about Britain's health service | Society | The Guardian
The NHS is facing a remarkable surge in numbers of people with mental illness – at the same time as multimillion-pound government cuts in services. In 2014 there were 57.1m prescriptions issued for antidepressants in England – an increase of more than 100% over 10 years. One in five young people experience anxiety or depression. But the government has been accused of cutting £80m from mental health services over the past five years.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Sean Bean’s battle cry: ‘I despair at the state of further education’ | Education | The Guardian
fight to save colleges from threat of funding cuts //&! The Tories’ assault on further education will cost Britain dearly. Colleges have been battered by cuts already – another round could destroy them. It is time we made David Cameron talk about it - http://bit.ly/1QeZ46n
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Health board says £60m cuts and closure paper 'not final' - BBC News
Scotland's largest health board has said a leaked paper outlining £60m of possible cuts is a "discussion paper" rather than an "approved plan". The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) document outlined options for jobs and service cuts, including the closure of Lightburn Hospital, near Carntyne. The health board said the leak had "caused unnecessary concern" to staff, unions and patients. It said service delivery plans would not be ready until the end of February. [...] The paper said some nursing posts and specialist positions such as radiographers were under threat. It reported that the plan also covered the closure of Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow, a paediatric ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley and a transfer of emergency care from the Vale of Leven Hospital to the RAH. [...] "None of the contents have been approved by the board or referred to the Scottish government for consideration.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The UK must invest in mental health help | Letters | Society | The Guardian
the cost of mental ill health in England has been estimated to be £105bn per year. Fortunately, a number of evidence-based psychological therapies exist and are effective. Investment in psychological therapies to date has been a success, but it is a success that could be multiplied. The improving access to psychological therapies programme is only funded to reach “at least 15%” of the people who need it, and retention and recovery rates could be improved. [...] &! Osborne said that the ILF was “such an important fund … that we will be able to include it in the budgets going forwards”. Reality is not living up to the rhetoric. [ 7-day NHS? ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Edinburgh council 'optimistic' of no compulsory redundancies - BBC News
Edinburgh council leaders are "cautiously optimistic" they can shed 2,000 jobs in 12 months without the need for compulsory redundancies. The city's Labour/SNP coalition has identified £85m worth of savings to balance next year's budget. The proposals, which include selling off property as well as job cuts, will go before councillors next week. [...] The council admitted the cuts would damage services but insisted its priority was to protect the most vulnerable. [...] "We need to take action in order to achieve the necessary savings to meet this demand, and we are making every effort to do this in a way that will safeguard frontline services for the people of Edinburgh. "We want to invest in the services that are important to the public but must also look to rationalise our spending where appropriate."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition | Politics | The Guardian
[ shifting public debt onto private debt balance sheet. = no vision! debt is still there in economy! paying higher interest rates. -- vs -- bankers gambling debt put on public balance sheet! ] Ministers have been accused of an “outrageous” attempt to sneak through their proposals to end student grants in England without proper scrutiny by MPs. The plan to scrap maintenance grants, which help half a million of the poorest students pay for university life, will go through a legislation committee on Thursday, without a vote and debate on the floor of the House of Commons. [...] Labour is opposing the change and the lack of scrutiny. Gordon Marsden, the shadow universities minister, said it was “not simply technical tinkering but a major change by the government that will deprive around half a million of England’s students from lower income and disadvantaged households, of maintenance grant funding”. // &! NHS nurse bursaries - ind.pn/1IYHYbk &! bit.ly/1IWZJI0 &! bbc.in/1RAhLRv
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Top judge says justice system is now unaffordable to most | Law | The Guardian
[ the budget a excel spreadsheet in No 10, with grades @ the end what upsets donors & what upsets the minimum of potential voters - is Career Politicans calculated approach. & shifting a public item off the balance sheet onto the private balance sheet! again! the debt is still there! & what does Tory gov support? Home Buyers! ] Civil justice is unaffordable for most people, more people are being forced to represent themselves, and judges – whose pensions have been cut – feel under-appreciated, according to the lord chief justice. [...] “Our system of justice has become unaffordable to most,” Thomas said in the introduction to his report. “In consequence there has been a considerable increase of litigants in person for whom our current court system is not really designed. //&! Court fees jeopardise Magna Carta principles, says lord chief justice. Mandatory court charges of up to £1,200 put justice beyond reach of majority, says Lord Thomas - bit.ly/1ZXfhAE &! bbc.in/1RmyLMD
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Spending review 2015: things you may have missed in Osborne's small print | UK news | The Guardian
tax credit threshold still cut from £5,000 to £2,500. and it raises £170m. << no 100% reversal from tax credit cut policy &! 3. Average earnings revised downwards &! 4. Household disposable income revised down &! 5. Student loan repayment threshold frozen. he government has quietly announced that it is hitting students in the pocket, by not raising the threshold for repaying their loans. &! 6. Funding for opposition parties to be cut
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Labour expecting £6m loss in funding through trade union bill | Politics | The Guardian
Trade Union bill move to cut the water off from Labour. // Tory assault on Labour funding ignores its own corruption. Labour has debatable donors, too, but a lot of Conservative cash comes from people whose economic activities harm us. - bit.ly/1PSdbfC - Let’s look at all that money the Tories get from the City and the hedge fund operators in Mayfair and elsewhere? Here’s some LSE research and here’s confirmation. Still not persuaded? Try this from the bankers’ pink paper. If you can’t get behind the FT paywall, the piece is dated 4 February 2015 and called Number of big City backers for Tories doubles. You get my drift. //&! - Holyrood wants to be exempt - bbc.in/1QhXPmG
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt's 'dangerous' battle with doctors condemned by ex-minister | Society | The Guardian
[ Junior Doctor Strike ] Norman Lamb hits out at government as BMA’s junior doctors prepare for 24-hour industrial action at English hospitals. The government is taking a “dangerous step” in confronting junior doctors at a time when the NHS faces “existential challenges” over its funding and the long-term care of elderly people, the former health minister Norman Lamb has said. [...] “The government is taking away safeguards against excessive working hours and actually reducing the pay of junior doctors who do work long hours … They haven’t got this right and, in a way, it is another symptom of the overall existential challenge that the NHS faces and we’ve got to get to grips with this. The longer we leave it, we will just sleep walk into a disaster and that’s my real concern.” [...] The areas of disagreement include [...] //&! bit.ly/1OcCacY //&! The NHS’s problem is resources not doctors - bit.ly/1ZVCr9D
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Student nurses and midwives protest over grants cut - BBC News
Student nurses and midwives have marched in protest at the government's decision to scrap their bursaries in England and replace them with loans. [...] The Royal College of Nursing said fear of debt would put people off training. // shifted another budget item off the publics balance sheet onto private balance sheet. //&! Spending Review: Grants for student nurses are being scrapped - bbc.in/1jk5kLW //&! NHS nursing levels: Nine in 10 hospitals missing targets - The vast majority of hospitals in England are struggling to recruit enough nurses, figures show. Some 92% of the 225 acute hospital trusts in England did not manage to run wards with their planned number of nurses during the day in August. The figures, published by the NHS, show that hospitals in England are falling short of their own targets for levels of safe staffing. - bbc.in/1Pfuzuq
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Thomas Piketty on Capitalism, Corbyn and why Zuckerberg is getting it wrong - BBC Newsnight - YouTube
home ownership in UK is biggest item of UK's household wealth. 2/3rd of housing is owned. other 3rd is rented. that is why the property bubble/prices have to be kept afloat. otherwise balance sheet recession > deleveraging > debt servitude > lower consumption rate > cratering UK economy as ~70% of UK economy is based on consumption. // blaming others (ISIS) for radicalization. but who put them in this place to be radicalized, in the first place? inequality, youth unemployment. // COP21, western world do not face their historical obligation! // world wealth and income database - www.wid.world
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Osborne warns of 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risks - BBC News
[ repeat phrases - "strong economy", "strong economy, strong NHS" ] The UK faces a "cocktail" of serious threats from a slowing global economy as 2016 begins, Chancellor George Osborne has warned. Speaking in Cardiff, Mr Osborne said this year is likely to be one of the toughest since the financial crisis. He told business leaders that far from "mission accomplished" on the economy, "2016 is the year of mission critical". His message is in stark contrast to the positive tone of his Autumn Statement, when he said the UK was "growing fast". [...] that the Autumn Statement had put in place a four-year plan to restore the UK's public finances, and make the economy more productive, with businesses more competitive so they could create jobs. [...] Mr Osborne told the Today programme the UK's economic recovery was not "a debt-fuelled recovery", citing the support of the governor of the Bank of England in his assessment. [ not public, but private household debt! ]
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Junior doctor strikes back on as talks fail - BBC News
It comes after the union agreed to cancel three strikes last month to re-enter talks with the government. But those negotiations have failed to reach an agreement in time. The BMA had until midnight to decide whether it wanted to take industrial action - or face having to re-ballot its members. This is because of trade union rules which only allow industrial action in set timescales and require unions to give a week's notice of any walk-out. [...] But BMA leader Dr Mark Porter said the union had been left with no choice but to move towards industrial action as despite the weeks of negotiations the government still was not taking their concerns "seriously". [...] It is because the government's proposals would be bad for patient care as well as junior doctors in the long-term that we are taking this stand,"
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Money Box, Student Finance - Necessary reform or the betrayal of a generation?
Student Finance - Necessary reform or the betrayal of a generation? Lord Willets, former Minister for Universities and Science and Sally Hunt, General Secretary of the University and College Union give their view on George Osborne’s plans. // shifting an item off the public balance sheet that he is held accountable, reducing the budget deficit. and the payback rate (threshold) is not progressive, gradual. the 9% added tax rate is fixed, after earning 21k. 29% tax vs 20%. also scheme does not subsidies interest rates as much as you would expected, as the state can loan at lower rates. broken also conditions at 2012, letters said conditions could change.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Most of extra £3.8bn NHS funds already spent, says expert | Society | The Guardian
Much of the extra £3.8bn allocated to the NHS in George Osborne’s autumn statement has effectively already been spent, a leading health expert had said. John Appleby, chief economist at the King’s Fund, backed Labour claims that NHS trust deficits and extra pension costs mean very little of the extra money promised for 2016-17 will be available for better care. He said the NHS was in a weaker position now than five years ago and faced a real challenge over the rest of this parliament. Labour released figures that it said showed Osborne’s health spending boost was “more spin than substance” because £2.2bn would be swallowed up covering trust deficits and another £1.1bn would have to fund extra pension costs. [ not possible to use that for "full 7-day NHS" ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Progress on social mobility 'too slow' - BBC News
Progress on closing the gap between rich and poor pupils has not moved fast or far enough to tackle the gulf within a divided Britain, a report says. [...] 'Stronger economy' A government spokesman said it was committed to an "all-out assault on poverty". "Our investment in childcare is helping parents get into work and give their children the best start in life, while the pupil premium and school reforms are ensuring every child gets a good education." The spokesman said work was the best way out of poverty, adding that the number of workless households was at a record low.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Michael Sheen petitions to help homeless teenagers - BBC News
&! More than 103,000 children 'homeless at Christmas' in England - The number of children spending Christmas in temporary accommodation in England has reached a seven-year high, the housing charity Shelter has said. - bbc.in/1OBIEzF - Councils are finding it far harder to find homeless households local accommodation due to "a severe drought of affordable homes and drastic cuts to council budgets", Mr Robb added.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS nursing levels: Nine in 10 hospitals missing targets - BBC News
The vast majority of hospitals in England are struggling to recruit enough nurses, figures show. // Osborn did, together with the LibDems, in the first few months, cut the budget for nurse and doctor training places. not even 5 years and its coming back to haunt the NHS, as an ops with little overhead and spare capacity at that time, is now struggling to keep the head above water. and at places sinks. see CQC reports of some hospitals. // [...] And the staffing problem is not just about numbers. It's about having the right mix of skills. Trusts need to recruit and retain highly trained senior staff too. [...] Royal College of Nursing chief executive Janet Davies said hospitals were trying to catch up on their staffing levels. She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We went through a period of time where we were trying to save money. We cut posts, we didn't train enough nurses and we're still feeling the effect of that. //&! bbc.in/1YzZtQV
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