October 2010 | Davy Jones Consultancy
22 Oct 2010
Comprehensive spending review

So The Coalition Government has cut £81bn from public expenditure. There was NO ALTERNATIVE. Rubbish. Massive public sector deficit ? The 2008 World Economic Crisis was caused by finance capital & bankers, not by a supposedly “bloated” public sector. Before then the UK public sector deficit was 45% of GDP. The Conservative Opposition at that time promised to match the Labour Government’s public spending plans. After the £1.3 trillion bail-out of the banks, the deficit rose in all Western countries,...

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The Local Government Group has launched a consultation document, Sector Self Regulation and Improvement, on how local government should respond to life after CAA/Audit Commission etc. The document raises important issues on partnership working, citizen involvement and performance management. It includes many positive proposals but there are weaknesses too. What role for LSPs ? First, it stresses councils’ leadership role in improving outcomes for local people. But it has little to say about how the council should work with other...

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