Saturday, 22 January 2011

Cuts by stealth......

Polly Toynbee:

... Cuts fall so thick and fast, most are never reported: half of Hammersmith and Fulham children's centres to be shut, Westminster cutting £14.5m from care of the elderly and disabled, Bradford shuts five care homes for dementia, Lightburn hospital for elderly rehabilitation closes in east Glasgow, Sussex loses 500 frontline police officers.
And what about this? Unison discovers that cancelling Capita's contract to hand out education maintenance allowances for low-income teenagers will cost a £40m penalty. Sneaked out in a written answer only spotted by the Legal Action Group, the entire financial inclusion fund has just been axed, funding 500 Citizens Advice and other debt counsellors, just when more families fall into debt crisis ...

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