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Budget blogs – an economy that works for nurses?

17 Feb 2017, by in Public services

Our economy should work for everyone, but if your pay has stagnated for several years in a row and fixed items of spending keep going up, it doesn’t feel like it’s working for you Theresa May, Conservative Party conference, October 2016 Yesterday our budget blog set out our case for investment in public services, stretched…


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Budget blogs – we need a budget for public services

16 Feb 2017, by in Public services

In 2018/19, in real terms, NHS spending is going to go down – 10 years after Lehman brothers and austerity began Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, wasn’t pulling his punches at the Public Accounts Committee last month. “There are very clearly substantial pressures and it doesn’t help anybody to try and pretend that…


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We need a properly funded NHS – make your voice heard

11 Aug 2016, by in Public services

This week’s news that United Lincolnshire Hospital’s NHS Trust will be closing its A&E department in Grantham in the evenings due to staff shortages is, in the words of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, “disappointing, yet unsurprising”. The TUC and health unions,  campaigners and think tanks like the Kings Fund and Health Foundation have…


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NHS funding ‘reset’ – Austerity comes first

14 Jul 2016, by in Public services

In a stark comment given in an interview to the Health Service Journal this week, Jim Mackey, head of NHS Improvement made clear the new policy priority for the NHS – austerity comes first. Ahead of a set of announcements for further belt tightening expected soon – what’s been termed the NHS financial reset –…


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Own the future: Public services for the 21st century

18 Apr 2016, by in Public services

While attention is focussed on the growing financial crisis in the NHS, along comes another privatisation shambles to remind us all that the government’s funding squeeze is not the only threat to the future of our health service. The performance of non-emergency transport services since Coperforma took over the contract from the NHS’s South East…


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Another graph for Nicky Morgan: Public service cuts make budget inequality even worse

23 Mar 2016, by in Public services

The hapless performance of Education Minister Nicky Morgan on BBC’s Newsnight when confronted with evidence of the distributional impact of her government’s tax and benefit cuts made for cringeworthy TV. Morgan seemed genuinely shocked at the disproportionate losses inflicted on lower earners that was so starkly demonstrated by the Institute of Fiscal Studies chart. And so she should…


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#Budget2016: No let up for the public services squeeze

16 Mar 2016, by in Public services

2019/20 is shaping up to be a very tough year for public services, with enormous pressure on departmental budgets as the Chancellor attempts to achieve his budget surplus in that year. £3.5bn additional cuts to departmental budgets – excluding those protected areas of education, health, international aid and defence – will need to be found…


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