Boris Johnson’s plan to cut 90,000 civil service jobs marks a return to austerity and will damage public services, a trade union leader has said. The Prime Minister recently tasked his Cabinet with shrinking the size of the service by a fifth, using the savings for tax cuts to ease the cost-of-living crisis. However, Frances O’Grady, head of the Trades Union Congress, argued the move would provoke widespread anger. Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge , she said: “This is back to austerity – and we saw how austerity failed not only ordinary people, families, but it failed the country in the end by holding back growth. “How on earth the Government expects to be able to shed 90,000 (jobs) at a stroke and for it not to damage communities in the country, I really don’t know. Recommended Moscow makes fresh warning of retaliation against Finland over Nato ‘Computer says no’: Sunak blames ageing IT for not hiking benefits “ Communities … [Read more...] about Civil service job cuts plan signals return to austerity, union leader says
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The final match of Kochi Soccer League, a sevens tournament for 12 teams whose members (from the adolescent age group) were selected from financially and socially backward areas of the city, was held at the Regional Sports Centre (RSC) here on Sunday evening. Actors Mammootty, Manju Warrier, and the captain of the Kerala team that won the Santosh Trophy, Jijo Joseph, were among the guests. The winning team was River Plate, Mattancherry. The tournament was organised by Civil Servants of Kerala (CSK), a group comprising of All India Services and Group A Central Civil Service officers, mainly based in Kochi. The CSK was formed to harness their skill and managerial ability during their spare time to benefit members of the society. More such initiatives would follow suit, official sources said. Coaching members of the 12 teams, which included personality development training, began on May 14 at the RSC. A total of 120 players aged between 13 and 17 were selected for the tournament … [Read more...] about Kochi Soccer League at Regional Sports Centre concludes
The Constituent Assembly debates (1947 to 1949) show that several members had serious reservations about the role of the All India Services in independent India. Their attitude was coloured by their experience of these services during the Independence struggle, when the officers, at the behest of the imperial power, came down heavily on the freedom fighters. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stoutly defended the services and expressed his optimism that the services would, in the changed circumstances, be patriotic and motivated by the highest ideals of service to the country. Some of his observations are recorded below: They are as good as ourselves, and to speak of them in disparaging terms in this House, in public, and to criticise them in this manner, is doing disservice to yourselves and to the country. The Police which was broken has been brought to its proper level and is functioning fairly efficiently. The Heads of the Departments of the Police in every province are covered under this … [Read more...] about Buried by Bureaucracy, Police Commissionerate System in UP Was Revived by Yogi Govt 40 Yrs Later
The story so far: Last week, the Maharashtra government had a setback when the Supreme Court directed the State to release the schedule for local civic polls across the state within two weeks, upholding its stay on reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBC). Local body elections in Maharashtra have been on hold since the apex Court stayed the 27 per cent reservation for the OBC community in December 2021. The Court has stated that it will decide on the issue after elections take place. The Court has similarly stayed 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in local body polls in Madhya Pradesh. What is the reservation for OBCs in India? First defined in the 1980 Mandal Commission report , OBCs among Hindus were identified based on socio-educational field surveys, lists of OBCs notified by various State governments, the 1961 Census report, and extensive touring of the country. Among non-Hindus, the caste system was not found to be an inherent part of the religion. However, for … [Read more...] about Explained | OBC reservation across India, its history and challenges
Republican New Mexico Rep. Yvette Herrell introduced legislation, Thursday that ensures federal workers return to the office in person and would not allow the Biden administration to make telework for those workers permanent. The Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems Act (SHOW UP Act), first obtained by the Daily Caller, would prevent the Biden administration from making telework for the federal workforce permanent until it provides Congress with its plan to avoid the negative effects of working remotely. The bill has nine original cosponsors. The lawmakers say they would like to make sure the federal workforce is back and argued telework has caused issues, such as delays at the IRS and veterans struggling to access their benefits. Republicans are also worried that the federal workforce is not providing services to Americans on time and that Americans who are seeking passport renewals are experiencing delays. Additionally, Republicans are concerned about veterans … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Herrell, House Republicans Introduce Bill To Ensure Federal Workers Return To the Office
There is literally nothing the Conservative cabinet will not try to have a culture war about. I can see why, when you have nothing to offer in the way of hope or a future plan, the only way you can rule is to divide and conquer. I understand why they did it for a spell – it paid dividends for them and is ably aided by their favourite media outlets. However when the chips are down and people cannot afford to heat their homes, and you start messing with the fragility of an actual culture war on the situation in Northern Ireland, or you are blethering on about selling off “woke” Channel 4, or which speakers are and aren’t allowed on university campuses, it does look as if you are an administration without a brain. People are tired of it and starting to see through it. Divide and conquer has always allowed people who were not running the country properly to point at someone else and blame them for their failings. The EU, immigrants, lefty lawyers, benefit claimaints, single … [Read more...] about Is there nothing the Tory cabinet will not try to have a culture war about?
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must “throw a cloak of support” around struggling Brits now to save lives, a former senior advisor to the PM has warned. Samuel Kasumu, who quit Downing Street last April, claimed “we all knew this cost of living crisis was coming” making the Government’s poor response to skyrocketing living costs “even more difficult to swallow”. The Chancellor is yet to permanently rule out a one-off Windfall tax on energy giants, as he told MPs on Tuesday “no option is off the table”. But Mr Kasumu said Mr Sunak must “very quickly” consider the move, reinstate the £20 Universal Credit uplift and scrap the National Insurance tax as "things are going to get a lot worse before they get better." The PM vowed to support Brits though the cost-of-living crisis in the same way it did during Covid. ( Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images) But added he cannot "magic away" all the soaring food and energy expenses as he comes under increasing pressure to alleviate … [Read more...] about Ex-No10 aide demands cost of living help as 30% of Black Brits have just a month’s savings
You know the problem with you Britons? You’re all lazy. If you just worked a bit harder, there’d be no cost of living crisis. I’m sure there’s a part of Boris Johnson that wants to say this, perhaps in more flowery terms, but you get my drift. He probably would be saying it if he was still penning his verbose columns. Some of his colleagues actually did say it (more or less) in the now-infamous Britannia Unchained which claimed that “the British are among the worst idlers in the world”. Work hard, get on, solve your problems, solve the nation’s problems. It’s a favourite Tory line. So the Guardian ’s report that Number 10 is planning to focus on work as the solution to the cost of living crisis over the weekend shouldn’t come as a surprise. The problem is that it won’t work. The numbers will show us why. Another story over the weekend came courtesy of Michael Lewis, the boss of energy giant E.On, not the personal finance campaigner. He predicted that 40 per … [Read more...] about Is it true that if you’re struggling to make ends meet you just need to ‘work harder’?
A new quiz has been created ahead of national numeracy day on 18 May to see how confident Britons are in their everyday maths ability. It tests numeracy skills on anything from working out a discount on a purchase to choosing a product based on best value for money. The quiz was created after research found millions of Britons feared the rise in the cost of living due to a lack of mathematical ability. A study of more than 3,000 adults found that 40 per cent avoided the topic and nearly seven in 10 felt there was little they could do. Some 69 per cent said their lack of mathematical ability had not been a problem for them in the past, but was now affecting their ability to weather the economic storm. National numeracy day is run by the charity National Numeracy and its supporter KPMG, which commissioned the research. Recommended Tory MP decides he wants benefits raised immediately after visit to food bank Cost-of-living crisis: Boris … [Read more...] about New quiz to test numeracy skills as cost-of-living crisis deepens
Rishi Sunak has insisted he did not time handing out £21 billion worth of cost-of-living support to deflect from the controversy over Downing Street lockdown parties. The Chancellor bowed to demands for the UK Government to step in and help households to deal with ballooning energy bills and rising shop prices, which are being fuelled by 40-year-high inflation, by revealing an emergency package of extra cash for millions of people. Every household will receive a £400 energy bill discount while extra support was also unveiled for the lowest paid, pensioners and those with disabilities. Under the plans, almost all of the eight million most vulnerable households could receive at least £1,200 of support, including a previously-announced £150 council tax rebate. Mr Sunak confronted criticism that the measures were announced as part of a plan to move the focus on from rule-breaking in No 10 following the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report on Wednesday. … [Read more...] about Sunak denies using £21bn support package to deflect from No 10 lockdown parties