The full effects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LAPSO), which slashed £320m out of the annual £2bn legal aid budget as part of the government's austerity programme are now beginning to be felt. Read More »
Play workers, parents and children concerned about cuts to play services are being encouraged to share information online about services under threat on the Play in Peril website which has been created by a group of playworkers and trainers in an attempt to build a national picture of how shrinking local authority budgets are affecting play services in England. Read More »
The latest voluntary sector workforce figures appear to show an optimistic picture showing a growth in the number voluntary sector jobs. In reality, they are nothing more than a smoke screen, hiding the reality of how some employers continue to push their staff into a race to the bottom.
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Turning Point is to sack its 2,600 staff. This is bad but it gets worse… they are then going to re-employ them on lower terms and conditions. These plans to impose lower pay on workers can only lead to deteriorating services and lead the way in the Race to the Bottom. Read More »
On the 2nd February over 100 young people, youth workers and residents of Birmingham took to the streets to protest against Birmingham City Council’s plans to cut the Youth Service budget by a third. This brings the total reduction the Youth Service budget to 63% over the last four years. The implications of these cuts are stark. There will be no Youth Service provision in 18 of the 40 Wards in Birmingham; 23 FTE youth work posts will be lost; and 30 Youth Service Projects will close. Read More »