The Times, May 18th 2005, p.4
Millions of people could be required to give details of their earnings in the next census in an attempt by the Government to uncover the extent of deprivation in England and Wales. They could also be asked to provide details of their income in moves that are likely to be controversial and raise fears about a Big Brother state.
Labour Research, vol.94, May 2005, p.11-13
The Labour government has plans to cut 100,000 public service jobs. It is also committed to providing greater choice in the delivery of public services. Unions are concerned that it is not possible to achieve both objectives without undermining service quality.
Public Administration Select Committee
London: TSO, 2005 (House of Commons papers, session 2004/05; HC49)
Report assesses the effectiveness of the government's plans to give service users more choice in education, health care and social housing and more say about the way that services are provided. Committee found that the rhetoric of choice often exceeds the reality. The first choice option may be unavailable, leading to disappointment and disillusionment. For choice to be effective, extra capacity must be created at appropriate places. This is costly and often cannot be achieved quickly. The report also warns that the introduction of additional private sector providers can generate extra costs and lead to the creaming-off of the less difficult cases. Calls for all public services to offer a guaranteed minimum standard, since a choice between several poor services is no real choice at all.
K. Bellamy and K. Rake
London: Fawcett Society, 2005
The New Labour government has improved the lives of many women through its anti-poverty and work-life balance reforms. However, women remain disadvantaged economically. They are more likely to be dependent on social security benefits, trapped in low-paid work, unable to save for their retirement, so that many women pensioners are poor, and obliged to leave the labour market because of caring responsibilities. Calls on the Labour government in its third term to adopt gender equality as an explicit policy target.
Social Policy and Society vol. 4, 2005, p. 121 - 131
While terms and conditions have improved for service providing voluntary organisations, there are unresolved issues around partnership equality, policy agenda setting and the role of third sector organisations at local level. This paper examines the issues against a backdrop of New Labour's partnership approach and service contracting.
Sets out the Government's policies and proposed legislative programme for the new Parliamentary session: Key points are as follows: