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6 hours ago
Philip Hammond is set to provide emergency funding but health service bosses say it does not go far enoughPhilip Hammond is to give the NHS an emergency cash injection in the budget, though the chancellor will disappoint health service bosses by increasing funding by far less than they believe is ne[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
20 hours ago
Philip Hammond has little room for manoeuvre on public services, but needs to act on housing and health, as well as letting councils know where they standBy early afternoon on 22 November, we will know the chancellor’s answers for next year to the two eternal questions of public spending – how b[...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and Ca
21 hours ago
Don’t blame the 92% of English councils that haven’t built enough homes. Their hands have been tied by central government
England is not building enough homes. Recently released estimates of housing need show that of the 265,936 homes needed in 2015-16, only 189,650 were built – a 29% shor[...]
HousingPovertyHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
The chancellor told the BBC that heads of public services always predict ‘Armageddon’ in the run-up to a budgetPhilip Hammond has dismissed calls from the head of the NHS for an emergency cash injection of £4bn, as he said people running public services always predict ”Armageddon” before a [...]
HealthHousingHealth and CareGovernment Po
1 day ago
Alongside the human costs, cuts have hurt our economy, and we’ve now reached a dangerous tipping point, say Joseph Stiglitz, Ha-Joon Chang and 111 othersSeven years of austerity has destroyed lives. An estimated 30,000 excess deaths can be linked to cuts in NHS spending and the social care crisis [...]
Children and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducationH
4 days ago
National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of housebuilding to be doubled across a swath of central EnglandPhilip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade loca[...]
Housing
4 days ago
Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits insteadIain Duncan Smith’s thinktank is calling on the chancellor to renege on promised Tory tax cuts and instead plough billions of pounds into universal credit if he wants to he[...]
Criminal Justice
1 week ago
Demand for extra funding grows as figures reveal number of “trolley waits” longer than four hours now exceeds 45,000 per monthPhilip Hammond is under intense pressure to pump more money into the NHS in his budget this month as new official figures show the number of people waiting more than four[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Report on June’s general election uncovers complaints about access to polling stations and lack of secrecy Some disabled people were denied their vote at June’s general election because they were turned away at the polling station or were unable to get inside, a report says. The Electoral Commis[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
The UK is approaching a perfect storm with an ageing population and many people unprepared for the futureFor a short while, it seemed like the issue of social care funding would finally be addressed after years of government procrastination. The Conservatives promised a consultation on social care r[...]
PolicyPovertyHealthHousing and
2 weeks ago
Book and animation aim to help children identify the difference between good and troublesome secretsSome secrets are worth keeping. A surprise birthday party for Granny, absolutely. An uncle peeking under your dress, definitely not. That’s the clear message in Share Some Secrets, a book by childre[...]
ChildrenChildrenChildren and ParentingEducation
4 weeks ago
Workers in public sector received hourly earnings of 0.6% less than their private counterparts, for first time since 2008 financial crashPublic sector workers’ pay has dipped below that of their private sector counterparts for the first time since the financial crash, Treasury figures obtained by [...]
6 weeks ago
PM’s keynote speech interrupted by P45 prankster as she pledges cap on energy bills and £2bn investment in affordable housing
• Conservative conference 2017 - latest updatesTheresa May sought to relaunch her premiership on Wednesday by offering voters the “British dream” but the most pe[...]
HousingHousing and Pov
6 weeks ago
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen10 things we learned from the Conservative party conferenceMay’s speech - Snap verdictMay’s speech - Verdict from the Twitter commentariat 7.25pm BST Related: Theresa May offers voter ‘British dream’ in bid to relaunch pre[...]
Housing
6 weeks ago
Much fanfare, but little substance in the Conservatives’ housing announcementsSaved for the final day of Conservative party conference, Theresa May’s speech was planned as the crowning glory of the week in Manchester, yet descended into a catastrophic charade, with the stage falling apart, endle[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
6 weeks ago
As No 10 aides admit cash helps create just 5,000 extra homes a year, it is no surprise the funds are being tagged ‘chicken feed’With Britain building 60,000 too few homes a year and an affordability crisis that has caused home ownership among the young to slump by a third in the last 10 years, [...]
HousingPovertyHousing and Poverty
6 weeks ago
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen10 things we learned from the Conservative party conferenceMay’s speech - Snap verdictMay’s speech - Verdict from the Twitter commentariat 3.00pm BST Related: Theresa May offers voter ‘British dream’ in bid to relaunch pre[...]
HousingHealth and Care
6 weeks ago
Theresa May unveiled a £2bn boost for housebuilding, seen as crucial to Tory efforts to capture the votes of younger peopleThe pre-publicity for Theresa May’s speech to Tory conference sought to portray her as the first Tory prime minister since Harold Macmillan to announce a major social housing[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
6 weeks ago
Despite growing evidence, the work and pensions secretary has declared the benefits system fit for action. Now many more face debts, eviction and hungerIt is full speed ahead on universal credit. “It’s working,” David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, declared to the Conservative party c[...]
HousingPoverty
7 weeks ago
Work and pensions secretary David Gauke confirms introduction of controversial benefit will continue as plannedThe government is to press ahead with its rollout of universal credit, the work and pensions secretary has confirmed, despite a last-minute appeal from Tory backbenchers for a delay.More th[...]
7 weeks ago
The government says it is rolling out its new benefits scheme – but critics say it is seriously flawed and increases rent arrearsUniversal credit is the supposed flagship reform of the benefits system, rolling together six benefits (including unemployment benefit, tax credits and housing benefit) [...]
Housing and Poverty
7 weeks ago
The Labour leader’s conference speech made clear his commitment to stopping stealth gentrification under the guise of regenerationA little over 100 days on from the Grenfell Tower fire, Kensington and Chelsea council confirmed in a meeting that only 20 of the 200 families that managed to escape th[...]
PolicyHousingHo
7 weeks ago
Nigel Hamilton says lessons from Grenfell must inform Labour policy on social housing; Nicholas Falk says Denmark can teach the UK about splitting property taxes between land and buildings; while Paul Nicolson says rent caps alone won’t fix the broken rental marketThe news that Kensington and Chel[...]
HousingHousing and Po
7 weeks ago
Haringey council in north London says giving residents a vote on redevelopment plans risks oversimplifying a complex issueA Labour-run council has said it is opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to force local authorities to ballot residents before carrying out housing redevelopments because a yes/[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
7 weeks ago
Three-year tenancies may offer more stability but renters can expect to save only a few pounds a week with a rent capFor decades the Tories have pitched themselves as the homeowners’ party. In Brighton, Jeremy Corbyn made it clear that Labour wants to be the champion of a smaller but increasingly [...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
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