public services

  • November 12, 2013

    The UK government’s cuts to spending on public services are for ideological reasons, not just because of the deficit. In a speech at the lord mayor’s banquet in the Guildhall, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to build “a leaner, more efficient state. We need to do more with less. Not just now, but permanently.”

  • August 21, 2013

    Plans to outsource public service provision to independent employee-led mutuals should not ignore the views of workers, says the TUC and Co-operatives UK

  • July 15, 2013

    The Just Peace Pilgrims arrive in London this week, bringing the message that the £100bn cost of Trident would be better spent on funding essential human needs.

  • June 24, 2013

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged countries to focus on the importance of good governance and efficient public administration.

  • April 12, 2013

    Campaigners from 39 UK organisations will call for a shift in government spending on 15 April, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

  • January 23, 2013

    This week (20 January 2013) the thinktank Demos (“ideas and action to promote the common good”) has published its report Faithful Providers, which argues that faith-based organisations should be used more as public service providers. Simon Barrow offers an initial response, highlighting some of the problematic assumptions and stances within the report, setting out the background to successive government's interest in co-opting faith providers, and pointing towards a more radical Christian stance which roots service in a tradition of modelling and advocating a different social order based on justice and equality.

  • October 30, 2012

    The government has announced that 20 cities will be given greater control over spending on planning and transport. Some NGOs want to go much further.

  • March 4, 2012

    Edinburgh’s library services are threatened with cuts to the service overall, including reductions in hours, community and trade union activists say.

  • January 12, 2012

    George Osborne has come up with a policy that could simultaneously undermine public services and redistribute money from poor areas to prosperous ones.

  • December 8, 2011

    Religious observance has declined over the years, the British Social Attitudes survey confirmed. The 28th report, published in December 2011, indicated that 50 per cent did not affiliate to a religion, and some who did seldom attended religious services or meetings.