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What’s happening with the cuts

On 17th Dec 2010 the Government announced reductions in central grants to local government.  For 2011-12 Kent County Council loses £44,992,000 (12.5%) while Dartford loses £997,000 (14.3%).  The cuts are deepened by another 7-9% in the following year. We won’t know what will be axed until budgets are set later in 2011.

Dartford residents can also expect cuts in other areas: North-West Kent College, where the Labour Government has mad a substantial investment in new buildings; infrastructure projects like the Thames Gateway, which has helped keep unemployment low in the area, and substantially funded projects like Central Park and Fastrack.  The sharp increase in Tunnel tolls can be seen as part of the same process.

Here’s a list of cuts made so far to national organisations, in addition to major cuts coming through local government and government departments.

* £290 million Future Jobs fund is cancelled. This would have created 150,000 jobs aimed specifically for the long term unemployed.
* £515 million aimed at giving jobseekers who have been out of work for 2 years a guaranteed offer of a job, internship, volunteering placement or work experience.
* £50 million local business growth initiative aimed at encouraging local councils to help local business grow.
* £30 million cut from helping people on job seekers allowances that includes short term training places, recruitment subsidies for firms employing people on job seekers allowances and support for people to start up businesses.
* £450 million extension of the Young Person’s Guarantee aimed at providing work or training places for mainly 18 – 24 year olds who have been out of work for 6 months.
* £80 million loan promised to the Sheffield Forge masters is cancelled. The loan would have helped save 180 jobs and enable Britain to become a world leader in creating components for nuclear power plants.
* £45 million cut from the British Film Institute to aid their building a 5 screen National Film Centre, which was to become a hub for film based exhibitions and research facilities.
* £125 million project to extend free school meals from next term to 500,000 children of the lowest paid workers is cancelled. This would have saved low paid families £600 pounds a year and brought 50,000 children out of poverty in one stroke.
* 1.3 million jobs with 600,000 public sector workers and 700,000 private sector workers expected to loose there jobs raising unemployment levels.
* Child Benefit payments will be frozen for the next three years. Tax credits will be reduced for families earning more than £40,000 pounds per year.
* £55 Billion building Schools for the Future project cancelled meaning 100’s of schools are to be left without essential repairs, modern classrooms and equipment needed to ensure our children receive a quality education.
* Half a million working families will lose more than £1000 under technical changes to the tax credit allowances affecting the poorest and most vulnerable.
* £20 billion cut from the NHS in a large scale reorganisation

* Educational Maintenance allowance for 16-18 year olds from lower income families

*AimHigher, helping underprivileged people into university, finishes July 2011

How the cuts will affect the poorest in society (excluding benefit cuts)

* Single Parent will loose on average £817 in services
* A couple with no children will loose £1012
* A single pensioner will loose £1017
* A lone parent will loose £1880

* figures are courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk

Government bodies abolished under the ConDems.

ARTS

* UK Film Council
* Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
* Advisory Council on Libraries
* Legal Deposit Advisory Panel
* Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck S ites

HEALTH

* Health Protection Agency (HPA)
* National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)
* National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
* Alcohol Education and Research Council
* Appointments Commission (CQC)
* Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (by end of this Parliament)
* Human Tissue Authority
* Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (to be made a self-funding body by charging a levy on regulators)
* NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

EDUCATION

* General Teaching Council
* Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency
* British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

* All eight regional Government Offices: South-West, South-East, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, North-West, Yorkshire & the Humber and North-East
* Eight out of the nine regional development agencies (the exception being London) and some of their local subsidiaries: Advantage West Midlands, East Midlands Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, South-West Regional Development Agency, South-East England Development Agency, East of England Development Agency, North-West Regional Development Agency, One North-East
* Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property policy (SABIP)
* SITPRO (Simplifying International Trade)
* Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Advisory Body (WAB)
* British Shipbuilders Corporation
* UfI/Learndirect
* Learning & Skills Improvement Service
* Institute for Learning
* Standards and Verification UK
* IiP UK
* Hearing Aid Council
* Investors in People UK

HOME OFFICE

* National Policing Improvement Agency

ENVIRONMENT

* Sustainable Development Commission (funding withdrawn)
* Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
* Agricultural Wages Board, the 15 Agricultural Wages Committees, the 16 Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees and the Committee on Agricultural Valuation
* Inland Waterways Advisory Council
* The Commons Commissioners
* Infrastructure Planning Commission
* Commission for Rural Communities