7 October 2011
Four in 10 disabled children in the UK – 320,000 – are living in poverty, a new report by The Children Society has revealed.
The Union-News website reported that Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has admitted there is no official information on how much facilities time costs the civil service.
Red Pepper magazine featured an article on the European Commission’s decision to table legislation for a financial transaction tax
A PCS media release called the threat of compulsory redundancy given to hundreds of benefits staff a “reckless and provocative” act.
The government’s welfare reform crackdown fails to take into account the cold reality that there “aren’t enough jobs” in the UK labour market to get people off benefits and back to work, according economic think tank the National Institute of Economic and Social Research as reported in the Daily Telegraph.
Guardian journalist Esther Addley joined young people on the New Jarrow March
Actor Timothy Spall has signed a petition against the planned closure of coastguard stations and urged his Twitter followers to do the same, read the article on the PCS website.
Commenting ahead of the prime minister’s speech to the Conservative party conference, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the economy is flatlining because the government is cutting when it should be spending and putting money in people’s pockets.
The Morning Star reported that thousands of health professionals formed picket lines at medical facilities across the six counties at the start of a 24-hour strike to save jobs and services.
Worries about job losses have helped stress become the most common cause of long-term sick leave in according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
A teaching union began to ballot members for industrial action over pensions, setting up a massive confrontation with the government on 30 November, reported the Morning Star.
The Guardian reported that George Osborne moved to deregulate the labour market by announcing big fees to deter workers bringing employment tribunal action such as unfair dismissal and race discrimination cases.
A Daily Telegraph article reported that Andrew Lansley is facing a fresh revolt over his controversial health reforms as nearly 400 experts warned that the plans would cause the NHS “irreparable harm” and called on the House of Lords to throw them out.
Campaign group The Tax Justice Network has launched its 2011 Financial Secrecy Index, which ranks countries that most aggressively provide secrecy in global finance.
The Daily Mirror reported that about 35,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Manchester as the Conservative party conference began in the city.
An article in the Financial Times said that plans to raise the state pension age are set to leave a trail of low-income losers amid evidence that poor people live far shorter after retirement than their richer counterparts.
Plans by the government to further ‘open up’ the welfare state will simply mean “big profits for big business”, according to a PCS media release.
An article in the Sunday Times said that jobseekers will be compelled to spend more time trying to find work under welfare reforms to be unveiled this week (subscription required).
STV reported that veteran politician Tony Benn was among those involved in the People First rally in Glasgow, while 1,000 protestors took to the streets in Aberdeen.
A discussion paper by think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research puts the case against austerity.