Monthly Archives: December 2011

Rural post offices to be downgraded

The Daily Telegraph has reported that the government will close up to 2,000 rural post offices – and the post offices will be replaced by limited services offered in petrol stations and shops. The offices will no longer offer car tax, driving licences, large overseas parcel services and cash withdrawls. These “Post Office Locals” have [...]

Bus deregulation has failed and the rest of the country now needs London-style powers to plan services – Maria Eagle

We’re sure that Labour activists will welcome this statement on policy – something members have suggested for many years.   Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the Competition Commission’s report into the local bus industry, said: “A combination of the Government’s cuts to funding for local bus services and the deregulated nature [...]

Autumn Statement – what are George’s plans?

George Osborne made a series of announcements in the Autumn Statement. He also revealed that his Plan A to cut the deficit in 4 years is way off course, the economy is slowing down and will probably go back into recession soon. The key points: The deficit will now continue until 2017, 3 years later [...]

Don’t be poor under the Tories – but we will all be worse off

The Institute of Fiscal Studies says that the average family on a middle income will be £2,500 worse off a year now than they were in 2008 under Labour. Everyone is feeling the squeeze, and of course families on benefits are suffering more than most. But will the Tories help? It doesn’t look very likely [...]