NHS waiting times getting longer due to cuts, health chiefs warn

NHS Confederation report says 64% of senior officials believe £20bn of ‘efficiency savings’ will worsen patient experienceWaiting times for treatment and the rationing of care have worsened and will get worse still because of the NHS’s £20bn savings drive, health service bosses have warned.Seven in 10 chief executives and chairs of hospital trusts, clinical commissioning […]
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Thousands of childcare places lost as Labour says poorest families hardest hit

Fewer childminders and Sure Start centres as birth rate in England continues to climbThe number of childcare places available to parents in England has gone down sharply and providers have been dropping out of the industry, according to Ofsted figures.The last six months have seen the total number of places fall by almost 5,000, while […]
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OECD cuts UK economic growth forecasts for 2014

Thinktank says eurozone crisis to drag on growth next year, but urges chancellor to stick with spending cuts as Brussels loosens EU austerity throttleThe west’s leading economic thinktank yesterday backed George Osborne’s spending cuts as Brussels conceded that half a dozen debt-ridden EU countries should be given up to two extra years to reduce their […]
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George Osborne plans to harness £11.5bn savings via new star chamber

Chancellor upbeat on target for 2015-16 spending review but ministers may face grilling in revived cabinet committeeThe chancellor has decided to reconstitute the government’s “star chamber” to help him persuade cabinet colleagues to yield up savings worth £11.5bn for the 2015-16 spending review.The announcement came after George Osborne announced on Tuesday that seven departments had […]
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Council tax benefit cuts leading to ‘more bailiff visits’ for poor households

Citizens Advice says there has been a big rise in the number of people using its services following introduction of new schemeIncreasing numbers of low incomes households could be at the mercy of aggressive bailiffs because of recent cuts in council tax benefits, according to Citizens Advice.Council tax benefit was axed in April 2013 and […]
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Legal aid cuts will lead to state-sponsored miscarriages of justice | Sadiq Khan

Chris Grayling’s ill-thought-out plans could devastate confidence in our legal systemIn these straitened times, the legal system is not exempt from the need to find savings, but we all have a duty to achieve that in ways that do not put at risk the integrity of our justice system. Because it involves lawyers, cuts to […]
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Unions condemn RBS job cuts

Royal Bank of Scotland cuts 1,400 jobs in its high street banking armRoyal Bank of Scotland is axing 1,400 jobs in its high street banking arm in a move that unions described as “brutal and irresponsible”.Less than 48 hours after the bailed-out bank’s chairman Sir Philip Hampton had indicated job cuts were on the cards, […]
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Legal aid cuts prompt top lawyers to leave the bar for careers on the bench

Applications to become judges double as squeezed barristers and solicitors head for the ‘purple lifeboat’ of the judiciaryIt has been dubbed the stampede for “the purple lifeboat” – applications to become judges have more than doubled over the past four years as senior lawyers seek professional sanctuary on the bench.Eagerness for the purple robe of […]
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HSBC job cuts foretell banking’s future | Nils Pratley

A bank that employed 300,000 staff in 2011, and has 254,000 today, wants to have 240,000 by the end of 2016The future’s bright, the future’s job cuts. That wasn’t how HSBC put it, but you get the gist. A bank that employed 300,000 staff in 2011, and has 254,000 today, wants to have 240,000 by […]
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