Victims of domestic violence may not get the services they need.
Years after their trials, he got in touch with the victims he thought he had helped. They described feeling ‘dumped’ by the system.
Is it time to stop outsourcing?
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Problems at government contractor Capita and the collapse of Carillion are part of the same story of outsourcing gone wrong.
Anger at austerity brought people onto the streets in 2016.
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New research on the future of the welfare state found people lack confidence in the whole system of government, rather than individual politicians.
The evidence shows that PFI is always more costly relative to its publicly funded alternative – and by as much as 40% in some cases.
Hanging in the balance.
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How to tidy up a right royal mess.
While state investment decreases on average with distance from the CBD, Melbourne’s neediest suburbs aren’t forgotten.
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The neediest suburbs get a much poorer deal in Sydney than in Melbourne. A new study provides a suburb-by-suburb breakdown of state investment, including what facilities and services have been funded.
Doctors, landlords and now employers are expected to check immigration status.
Border control no longer stops at the border.
Public services are under threat from government cuts, not migration.
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When it comes to public services, it's not just a question of demand, but also one of supply.
The rapid growth of Melbourne is threatening the very liveability that makes it attractive to so many people.
The increasing global focus on essential services and public space as a key combination for successful city-making is relevant to fast-growing Australian cities too.
Dormitories are commonly targeted in school burnings.
Acts of arson by Kenyan high school students have been characterised as 'mindless hooliganism'. But research shows that students are actually engaging in purposeful, reasoned political action.
Time to look closer to home.
Immigration has been wrongly blamed for the growing pressure on Britain's public services.
Who gets what?
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Some charities get millions and have a large number of assets, but they're also doing more too.
Most ‘taxes’ in South Africa fall outside of the control and oversight of parliament.
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South Africans spend billions of rands paying for services that should be provided by government, thus making the tax burden considerably higher than what appears in official tax data.
We might be ambivalent about taxation because it challenges our sense of ourselves as individuals – and we may not trust governments to spend it properly.
Many of us are happy for governments to increase spending on public services, but we don't like the idea of higher taxes. There are some good reasons for this.
Public services delivered by blockchain? Taxes paid in bitcoin? Not so far fetched, a UK government report says.
Nothing gets past PC Puppet. Well, not many things.
After years of cuts, some communities are hiring their own bobbies. That has serious implications for everyone else.
Keeping government to account.
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New research has shown the benefits of the process that holds public bodies to account.
Up in smoke.
The UK government has proposed to extend the remit of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to cover other emergency services, including fire and rescue. The system has been called a “failed experiment…
Many charities have no option but to operate on a hand-to-mouth basis.
When funding comes sporadically with strings attached, how can vital services keep running?
The study found most residents have positive attitudes toward local government.
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A new study of more than 2000 Australians has found we care deeply about local councils, and overwhelmingly want governments -- not private contractors -- to deliver local services.