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Monday, 5 January 2015

More Threats to Local Welfare

I have written about local welfare schemes before.  It appears, in a declaration dropped out just before Christmas, that the central government is not guaranteeing funding for these.  This is as clear an example of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats deliberately targeting the poorest as you will find.  Of course, Eric Pickles will argue that Councils can still provide money, but the truth is that as Council budgets shrink all areas come under more and more pressure.  Whatever resources are allocated to this will have to be cut from another important area, as there are no areas of "unimportant" spending left.  All this in pursuit of a shrinking the state agenda that no one voted for, is economically counter-productive, and that ministers themselves have never really been honest about.

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