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D Smith writes leaders for The Information Daily and Council News Monitor. After a lifetime in Fleet Street he now divides his time between homes in France and the north-west of England. He enjoys drinking, eating, sleeping and poking fun. His autobiography A Dog's Life is unaccountably out of print.

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Local Council' finances are "running on empty" says The Economist, a weekly newspaper.

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Three Graces from the Docks © Kevin Jump 2006

Lead story in this week's "Britain" section of The Economist looks to the Liverpool Council experience for the facts, opinions and data needed to properly understand exactly what "austerity" has done to local services and in particular adult social care.

This piece about the effects of austerity on Liverpool is a must read for anyone interested in local government, devolution, local services, adult social care and Liverpool . Of course it's not really about Liverpool it's about the wilful destruction of local government by central government and, in the last four or five paragraphs, the article gets to the point. First they paint the picture then they discuss what it means, clever and useful, we cannot help but admire the style of the writing while deploring the moral vacuum of the government depicted.
 
READ THE FULL, ECONOMIST STORY HERE 

 

a conference, convened and sponsored by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS) 

focussing on ways of using technology to overcome some of the destructive effects of austerity is being

held in central Birmingham on March 7th 2017 click here to learn more

 

 

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