The TUC protest in March set the tone. As Michael White writes in The Guardian: ‘It was billed as the March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice. But [it]… never got much beyond sloganising about cutting less and taxing the rich
There has been a bit of a spat between critics of the ‘cuts’ and supporters of ‘savings’ being made in public services. But the focus on the language used is perhaps a distraction for those who lack a political alternative.
So what are we to make of the public service reforms promised in the much anticipated white paper? Cameron describes them as the most profound since the creation of the welfare state. Critics say the reforms, or at least the
“The main reason people come to work in the public sector is the desire to make a difference to society.” So said Andy Robling, director, public services, at recruitment agency Hays. And yet a recent survey by Hayspaints a depressing picture
Patrick Butler at The Guardian says we have ‘entered into a new phase of the cuts’. His Cutswatch blog is tracking how ‘local cuts are changing the lives of individuals and communities in small but often significant ways’. ‘The effects will be seen