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Saturday, 12 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Quote of the fortnight: "Eight years after its conception, the Treaty of Lisbon will finally come into force on the 1st of December. But through it, Europe will neither become more effective nor more democratic, neither more transparent nor more open...The political elite has failed." Article in German newspaper Die Welt, 30 November
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Key to government promises to "protect the frontline" (http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page21634) from the impact of spending cuts are"efficiency" plans for "back office" operations across central government, local government, schools, the health service, police services, and all other public sector bodies. Cabinet Office papers released this week to accompany the Pre-Budget Report provide more detail, building on the Operational Efficiency Programme launched by the Treasury earlier this year:
Councils are cutting recruitment and training budgets for social work and other social care roles as they grapple with recessionary pressures, an exclusive Community Care survey has found. http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2009/12/01/113300/councils-plan-training-and-recruitment-cuts.htm
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
The FT reports on a joint study by Solace, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, and Cipfa, the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accounting..... What lies ahead.......
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
The shape and size of the LGPS in England, Wales and Scotland is quite unique in that there are 89 funds in England and Wales and 11 in Scotland. All to serve two sets of national benefits. If you look across the channel to the Netherlands there is one fund for local government, the civil service, teachers, the military and the judiciary.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/welfare/tuc-17271-f0.cfm Britain currently has the highest rate of youth unemployment in Europe, and the FJF is part of the Government’s ‘Backing Young Britain’ package, providing £1bn for 18 - 24 year olds, as they come up to 12 months of unemployment.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Further to the Latin America 2009 conference interested readers may be interested in this article - How Financial Times’ Limited Sources Compromised its Venezuela Coverage by Justin Delacour.
“Yes we can” attitude demonstrated by SEIU: At the UNISON/PSI conference on Capital Stewardship, held in London on Dec 3rd & 4th, conference heard of the efforts made by the SEIU to use workers capital within pension funds to successfully lobby large corporations, to ensure that they were persuaded to take a positive view of the Health Care legislation being proposed by the Obama administration. From a resolution at their 2000 convention, the SEIU now has grown to a position where it actively intervenes as a shareholder through the pension schemes, calling major companies to account.
Hot on the heels of the Local Government Association in England and Wales, the Scottish Executive has announced its intention to explore the use of UNISON member's money to be invested in potential privatisation deals. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/ministers-hope-to-tap-council-pensions-1.990222.
Sunday, 6 December 2009