S. Coates, A. Athana and M. Savage
The Times, Apr. 14th 2011, p. 1
David Cameron blamed tension about immigration on a 'woeful welfare system' that for years had paid Britons not to work, suggesting that Britons were happy to languish on benefits while immigrants filled the gaps in the labour market.
The Guardian, Apr. 6th 2011, p. 8
In a letter to the home secretary Theresa May, charities have warned that changes to the child maintenance system will penalise single mothers. The changes are designed to encourage estranged parents to come to an agreement on how much support the non-resident parent should contribute. Those unable to come to an agreement will have to pay if they want the state to enforce a settlement and collect the money on their behalf. These charges will usually be met by the mother, according to the Gingerbread charity.
T. Ross, J. Kirkup and N. Collins
Daily Telegraph, Apr. 18th 2011, p. 1 + 2
Grant Schapps, the Conservative local government minister, has accused Labour run local councils of hoarding reserves while cutting frontline services such as libraries, child care and road maintenance. Reduced spending on local services is expected to be a central concern for voters at the May 2011 council elections.
Labour Research, Apr. 2011, p. 10-12
Black workers and ethnic minority communities will be disproportionately adversely affected by coalition government cuts in public spending. Black workers' jobs are under threat due to huge reductions in the numbers employed in the public sector, while some of the poorest boroughs in the country are the targets of the deepest local authority funding cuts. This is expected to lead to the closure of community projects and specialist services supporting minority groups.
The coalition government's new strategy for the promotion of social mobility aims to create a level playing field in which success in life is based on 'what you know, not who you know and which family you are born into'. Measures will include:
(For comment by Nick Clegg and Iain Duncan Smith see Daily Telegraph, Apr. 5th 2011, p. 20; for comment on positive discrimination in favour of university applications from state school pupils see Daily Telegraph, Apr. 4th 2011, p. 12)