Monthly Archives: December 2009

Another children’s services boss sacked for “gross misconduct”

In a case bearing a remarkable similarity to that of Sharon Shoesmith, Salford City Council has dismissed its director of children’s services without compensation or pay in lieu of notice. Salford’s social services department failed to prevent the murder of two-year-old Demi Leigh Mahon, … Continue reading

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Will the bonus tax really cause a bankers’ exodus?

It is surely a measure of how unpopular bankers are that even the Daily Mail sides with the government on the windfall tax. Whatever the practical problems of such a tax, and there are many, the moral and political arguments are stacked … Continue reading

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Government support functions: over-spending and over-staffed

Gordon Brown has delivered his much-trailed speech promising government efficiency savings. The Prime Minister repeated the promise to protect frontline services, made by Alistair Darling in April’s budget. The government’s plan has been given the title Putting the Frontline First, reinforcing the message that cuts … Continue reading

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