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Could the Tories go it alone?

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Princess Anne might be worried about the impact of cuts on service users and carers but it seems a significant proportion of voters do not share her concerns. Those campaigning against cuts have, I’m afraid, not seen the overwhelming electoral condemnation of George Osborne’s grand plan that they were looking for. While the meltdown for […]

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Well, at least there’s one winner from Osborne’s policies

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George Osborne offered some help to the lower paid members of the social care profession in his Budget today. He increased the personal tax allowance by £630 to £8,105, meaning the taxman takes less of their earnings. And domiciliary workers who rely on cars to travel between service users will see two main benefits from […]

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Care homes body attacks funding commission member

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The National Care Association has launched an astonishing attack on a member of the government’s flagship care funding commission, insisting that comments she made in a newspaper article make her unsuitable to continue in the role.   NCA chair Nadra Ahmed said that the views expressed by Dame Jo Williams, the Care Quality Commission’s chair, […]

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Now it’s the social care providers that are being hit

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  The Daily Mail ingeniously starts headlines with the word ‘now’. It conveys a feeling that ‘they’ – the bureaucrats, the celebrities, foreigners etc – are somehow ganging up in a campaign to inflict misery upon ‘us’ – the decent, law-abiding people in Middle England. A quick search of the esteemed title’s website brings us: Now even PATIOS […]

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Pickles’ rubbish speech puts bins way ahead of social care

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Bins matter above all else. That was the message from communities secretary Eric Pickles yesterday in one of his biggest speeches in a local government arena to date. Pickles called on councils to prioritise bin collections, saying the issue “fills middle England with rage”. One might think that with social care and children’s services forming, […]

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Pickles provides the panto – but no happy Christmas

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Eric Pickles is a man who plays the pantomime villain well – but that’s where the seasonal cheer begins and ends from the communities secretary. The Guardian reports today how 100,000 public sector workers will be told they’ll lose their job over Christmas or in the immediate aftermath of the festive season. Councils must legally […]

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Pickles makes it grim up north

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    The first gory evidence of Eric Pickles’ chainsaw massacre of English councils has now become apparent. The communities secretary yesterday published his funding settlement for local authorities, revealing that some face cuts of up to 8.9%. When inflation is taken into account, the cuts will be even greater. Without a special transition grant, […]

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Do you want Joe Public running social work?

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  Whenever council services fail, local residents are fond of a certain analogy involving a drinking session in a brewery, to describe the abilities of local public servants. Communities secretary Eric Pickles is no fan of the performance of local government, regarding it as flabby and unresponsive. It is he who today will publish the Localism […]

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Student protest has message for local campaigners

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It’s not customary in these quarters to declare that George Osborne has got something spot on, but today I’m breaching protocol. George Osborne predicted that an incoming Conservative-led government would have a six-month window after being elected before the backlash against spending cuts truly began. Well, the riots yesterday began on the streets – six […]

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