The changing scope of public services

Changing scope of public services

Many would argue that the scope of public services has altered radically from the vision shared by the architects of the welfare state in Britain. The benefits provided by the National Assistance Scheme were envisaged as a support to be called on in extremis, not as an entitlement that absolves the individual of any personal… Read more

What can we expect from this week’s Budget?

Prediction for the budget

The words of Radiohead’s song ‘No Surprises’ may prove to be a good predictor of Wednesday’s Budget. “A heart that’s full up like a landfill; A job that slowly kills you; Bruises that won’t heal” …… but please don’t take any of the other lyrics literally. Anyone actually listening to what George Osborne said on… Read more

How great is the threat we face?

How great is the threat we face

As I was finishing writing How to Survive Austerity (which is now available to buy on Amazon), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had just delivered the conclusions of the 2015 Spending Review. So as local authorities up and down the country prepare to deliver budgets for the next financial year, it seemed timely to… Read more