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Cuts Watch #389: smallest army since the 1820s

21 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

The Sunday Telegraph reports that Prime Minister and Chancellor are giving some thought to the future of the army once it has withdrawn from Afghanistan (due in 2015). Their aim is to cut the army’s strength by 20 per cent – at 80,000, it would then be the smallest British army since the reign of…

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Cuts Watch #384: Cuts in Lollipop patrols

18 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

Last Sunday that Observer reported that councils across England, Wales and Scotland are preparing to bring their axe down lollipop patrol services. Yesterday,  Dorset County Council announced it will continue with its consultation on proposals to make 500 public sector job cuts – among them every one of the 85 men and women who make…

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Cuts Watch #383: Birmingham Council to cut 7,000 jobs

18 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

Last week we reported on Manchester City Council’s proposed budget cuts – and now Birmingham’s announcement is the latest in a series of cuts announced by Local Authorities. The UK’s biggest Local Authority plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs as it faces what it called a “gargantuan challenge” to cut £300m from its spending…

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Cuts Watch #382: Action for ESOL

14 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

Action for ESOL is an alliance of ESOL practitioners, unions, students and community organisations, campaigning against huge cuts planned for the teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages. In November, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills published a strategy document called Further Education – New Horizon, setting out the government’s investment strategy for…

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Cuts Watch #381: U-turn on Financial Inclusion Fund

13 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

The government has found £27 million to guarantee a year’s reprieve for 500 debt advisers supported by the Financial Inclusion Fund. The advisers, based in Citizens’ Advice Bureaux around the country, help 100,000 people a year as part of a programme established by the last government to target financial exclusion. In January, Mark Hoban MP,…

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