Fears over reform costs aired at TUC

    Community and social care issues were prominent in motions at
    this week’s annual Trades Union Congress in Brighton.

    The National Union of Teachers called for the government to
    fully fund the cost of reforms to children’s services. It also
    voiced concerns over the government’s city academies programme,
    saying the academies would fail to provide educational support to
    vulnerable communities.

    Public sector union Unison, while welcoming increased investment
    in public services, vowed to continue its opposition to greater
    privatisation.

    The Prison Officers’ Association said the foundation on which
    the National Offender Management Service was constructed was
    “fundamentally flawed”, and said the privatisation of prisons and
    probation services was a “distraction”.

    The Community and Youth Workers’ Union called for the government
    to recruit 4,000 youth workers, and for the introduction of a
    system of regulation and continuous professional development.

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