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Blair's Britain

Issue No. 1730

'The pledge of John Prescott to cut the number of car journeys in the first five years of Labour rule has been abandoned. There has in fact been a remorseless increase in traffic growth.'

That is the conclusion of a report by researchers at Aberdeen University released last week. The government will build more roads per year than the Tories did.

The chair of the British Medical Association's consultants' committee blames 'cost cutting' for dirty and unsafe conditions inside hospitals. Dr Peter Hawker said in last weekend's Sunday Mirror, 'The first things that go when you're cost cutting are what are seen as non-essentials such as cleaning. Cleaning contracts have been farmed out to save money.'

The government will force unemployed people to take numeracy and literacy tests before they can get a job under the next stage of the New Deal. The new scheme will begin in April for all people who have been unemployed for more than six months.

A devastating airline disaster could occur at any moment in Europe, according to a new report. The report, produced by aviation experts across the European Union, says cost cutting has led to staff shortages of 10 percent across Europe.

Despite this New Labour is still planning to privatise air traffic control.

Schools in the south of England are facing such a severe shortage of teachers that they could be forced into four-day weeks. A Secondary Heads Association survey last year found that schools across Britain were 4,000 teachers short.

In the south high property prices and the housing shortage mean that teachers cannot afford to live there.

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Sat 13 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1730
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