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Cuts can’t be progressive. Put boot into free schools. Refuges come under Tory axe.

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Cuts can’t be progressive

New research has exposed the myth of “progressive” cuts.

Professor John Hills, head of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, says the impact of cuts depends on class.

The poor rely far more on public services than richer groups.

So if spending cuts of £1,000 a household a year were made across public services, it would represent about 10 per cent of the income of the poorest but only 1 percent of that of the richest fifth.

In fact, the cuts the government is proposing are almost three times that.

Hills concludes: “It is very hard for cuts to be progressive.”

Put boot into free schools!

The anti Academies Alliance (AAA) will protest at football’s Premier League on Tuesday 31 August.

The Premier League is considering setting up its own education system under the government’s free schools policy.

This enables schools to be set up and run independently—and is another way of opening up education to business.

The AAA will hand in a letter appealing to the Premier League not to set up free schools.

The protest takes place on Tuesday at 9am, 30 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8PL off Oxford Street (nearest tube Marble Arch).

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Refuges come under Tory axe

Spending cuts could leave almost half a million of England’s most vulnerable people fending for themselves.

Women fleeing domestic violence, homeless people, ex-offenders, drug addicts and alcoholics will be among those abandoned if a key outreach programme is scaled back.

The National Housing Federation made the predictions after researching projected cuts to the Supporting People programme.

The programme provides support to help people live independently.

It says around 438,000 individuals would see their support withdrawn, with hostels and women’s refuges closed and counselling services shut down.

Poverty leads to cycle of debt

Soaring university costs and youth unemployment mean that many parents are having to give money to their children.

But figures last week showed that almost one in ten people are supporting their parents financially as they struggle to make ends meet.

Around 8 percent of adults said they had either given or lent money to their parents or grandparents, handing over an average of £8,250 each, according to life insurer Scottish Widows.

Separate research shows that parents and grandparents lent an average of £13,660 to the younger generation.

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Tue 24 Aug 2010, 17:30 BST
Issue No. 2216
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