C. Davies and P. Curtis
The Guardian, Mar. 28th 2011, p. 12-13
The TUC has condemned minority violence as more than 200 people are held in custody over attacks on shops on the day of March for the Alternative on 26 March. The TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said he bitterly regretted the violence that occurred away from the main rally which was attended by circa 500,000 and was hailed a 'fantastic success'. Vince Cable, the business secretary, insisted that the government was listening to citizens exercising their right to lawful protest against the programme of cuts to public spending and welfare, but said the government would not alter its course.
London: TSO, 2011 (House of Commons papers, session 2010/11; HC 836)
From a welfare reform point of view, chancellor George Osborne's second budget provides for:
T. Horton and H. Reed
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol.19, 2011, p. 63-66
The UK government's 2010 spending review marked the beginning of the most severe period of fiscal retrenchment in Britain for more than 30 years. This analysis of the impact of the review modelled the effects of £48bn of cuts to government spending programmes, excluding benefits and tax credits, by household income decile. Cuts to educational services affected poorer households more than richer households in cash terms. Cuts in social care and social housing spending have a big impact on the poor, but little or no impact on the richest households.
S. Riddell and N. Watson (editors)
Social Policy and Society, vol.10, 2011, p. 191-267
In the first ten years of the 21st century the British government introduced radical changes to its equality policy. These changes included the creation of a single equalities body, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC); the expansion of the equality terrain to include age, sexuality and sexual orientation, and faith and belief in addition to gender, race and disability as protected grounds; the decision to coalesce human rights and equality legislation under the direction of the EHRC; the development of an Equalities Framework; the promulgation of a new Equality Act (2009) with the aim of creating a single legal framework to cover all equality legislation together with the development of specific Equality Duties for the public sector around the areas of gender, race and disability with the aim of mainstreaming equality. This themed section presents a series of articles that examine these changes with a view to documenting some of their early impacts.
The Guardian, Mar. 25th 2011, p. 1 and 14-19
From the first of April 2011 thousands of publicly funded services will be lost, possibly forever, with devastating consequences, a special six page report finds.
Daily Telegraph, Mar. 31st 2011, p. 1 + 2
Annual tests will be carried out on the entire population at seven stages up to the age of 30 to measure how far 'life chances' are improving. The indicators will be announced in a Social Mobility Strategy to be published in April 2011. Headline data will be published so that the public can hold the government to account on its record in promoting social mobility. In spite of claims that the policy will help the middle classes, most of the indicators are targeted on those with the lowest incomes. They include: