We propose to radically transform some services to make them better fit for 21st century needs. Among other things, the world has changed from the days when a state taxpayer funded option was the only choice for vulnerable people looking for some types of support in their daily lives.
For example, balanced ready meals are now available widely through supermarkets with delivery options at a greater choice and lower cost than the council can provide through its more limited Meals on Wheels service.
Protecting the frontline and meeting the savings challenge
Premier League 5pm, 14th August 2010
- Blackpool (3pts, GD4)
- Aston Villa (3pts, GD3)
- Wolverhampton (3pts, GD1)
- Blackburn (3pts, GD1)
"People are feeling incredibly angry," Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, told me. "They have debts in excess of £20,000 after being told they would get a job at the end of their degree and earn more money. Instead they’re just heavily indebted."
This anger is due to intergenerational unfairness. Baby boomers had free education, affordable houses, fat pensions, early retirement and second homes (150,000 at the last census), but when we got to the buffet table – oh look, a couple of manhandled sandwiches. We’ve been left with education on the never-never and a property ladder with rotten rungs. Our work ethic is slurred and our salaries are stagnant. Any hope of promotion is paralysed by the comatose grey ceiling clogging every hierarchy. Overtime is unpaid and pensions are miserly. And the financial system which made our parents rich has left us choosing between crap job or no job. It’s like we’ve been handed the keys to the family castle only to discover the family sold it to Starbucks. And we’re going to have to work there.