We need to be vigilant to be sure that budget day is not also doomsday for local communities, especially the vulnerable for whom community and faith organisations exist, says Vaughan Jones, probing behind the government's 'big society' rhetoric and asking how the civil sector will be resourced and supported in a constrained market environment.
As the latest manifestation of its ongoing financial crisis, and a further retrenchment in its social care, the Church of Scotland has announced the closure of an Argyll residential rehabilitation unit.
Last week saw the unveiling of the new coalition government’s key policy proposals. Public finances and the economy are obviously highest on the 'to do' list, and the announcement earlier this week of £6 billion savings is only the first wave of cuts.
The Department of Work and Pensions has indicated that it intends to roll out radical welfare-to-work reforms that could deny millions of disabled people adequate support, despite evidence of significant piloting failure.