“So beware glib conclusions that this is all down to the last four years of the coalition government’s policies on crime and policing!” Jon Harvey considers the latest crime statistics and questions what might have caused the apparent fall in violent crime.
An open letter to the Daily Mail…
“So what did you prove? That your reporter can lie convincingly? That charities are charitable? That people would far, far rather take the risk of someone abusing the system than allow someone in need to go hungry?” squidgetsmum takes issue with the Daily Mail’s recent ‘undercover investigation’ into food banks.Originally posted on squidgetsmum
Food banks and the replacement of ‘social security’ with ‘charity’
“In a modern, western economy, that should be give Cameron a sense of shame, not the sense of pride he inexplicably seems to feel.” Alex Little reflects on the Mail on Sunday’s attack on the Trussell Trust and what it says about today’s welfare state.Originally posted on alittleecon
Labour’s new WCA policy, damned with faint praise
“Labour’s team of Rachel Reeves and Kate Green had an article in the Independent on Wednesday How Labour would reform the Work Capability Assessment and the reaction from disabled people has been underwhelming.” David Gillon reviews Labour’s new WCA policy and isn’t too impressed.Originally posted on Where's the benefit?
How to innovate in local government
“The best innovations have been done. Copy practice from another region or country but not from your own organisation. Innovation always looks better from a distance.” Freedom From Command And Control describes eight ways to innovate in local government.Originally posted on Freedom From Command And Control
Debt and depression: Cause or effect?
“Dealing with financial problems can be stressful for people without mental health problems. If people have cognitive disruption and physical fatigue, common symptoms of depression, calling banks or credit card companies and filling in forms can seem impossible to do without support.” Elizabeth Grey examines the links between debt and depression.Originally posted on Guerilla Policy
Beyond the Barriers: The Work Programme
“I do not think; if I had written Beyond the Barriers that I would have devoted nine pages to the Work Programme. I would just have written, scrap it and recycle the money to use to better effect elsewhere. However, it is best I guess to not lightly dismiss it out of hand.” John D Turner offers up his reflections on the performance of the Work Programme.Originally posted on John D Turner