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The waiting is over and the ‘number crunching’ begins
The Spending Review & Autumn Statement has been set out to Parliament:
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Whatever happened to the ‘Peace Dividend’?
Editor; With rampant Russian ‘Machismo’ in Eastern Europe & Scandinavia, potential expansion of RAF bombing into Syria, and ‘unlimited movement of refugees’, the Chancellor was hardly likely to cut this area.
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Just like the SNP on ‘Syrian Bombing’, UK Parliament wants to know plan for Scottish fiscal independence 

The HoL Economic Affairs Committee in its report "A Fracturing Union?" has strongly recommended that the Scotland Bill does not proceed to Committee Stage until the devolution fiscal framework is published.  The Committee states that the fiscal framework will be central to future financial devolution arrangements and Parliament cannot be expected to scrutinise the Bill without seeing the details.

Comments include:

  • The Committee do not believe a 'no bail out' rule between the UK and devolved governments would be believed by the markets.  Instead the UK and Scottish Government’s should agree simple & clear borrowing rules and a maximum ceiling on Scottish Government debt.
  • The Smith Commission suggested that there should be ‘no-detriment’ as a result of Scottish or UK Government policy decisions post devolution.  The Committee agreed with many of the witnesses that this is unworkable & a recipe for continuing conflict.
  • The Barnett Formula is not a sustainable method to calculate funding.  This is particularly true in the context of further devolution of tax powers.  It should be modernised & replaced with a needs based funding formula for distributing funds to devolved administrations, which should reflect the additional needs of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Launched at a very ‘sensitive’ time
The Scottish Government’s new Strategy for Looked After Children and Young People will improve services and help ensure every child has a permanent home.  There are more than 15,000 looked after children & young people cared for in Scotland.  ScotGov has also developed a mentoring scheme for looked after children and will shortly appoint an organisation to manage it.
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Supplier Locator: November update…

Many of WiredGov’s stakeholder departments within Central Government have been working hard to deliver on the Government’s pledge that 25% of all direct and indirect central government spend should be with SMEs by 2015 but there is still a great deal more work to be done.

Against this backdrop, our Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.The most recent arrivals to the Supplier Locator include:

Adam Hollier Photography

Function Fixers

Peopletopia Ltd

Kiwi Recruitment Ltd

Click here to find out how to register your company with the Supplier Locator.

 
‘Care’ Home is perhaps not the most apt description!
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a Gillingham care home for refusing to repay more than £6,000 it owes to a family following an independent investigation.

National Ombudsmen:  Kent care provider refuses to refund bereaved family, despite independent investigation

 
‘Life threatening’ situations
NHS England and NICE have begun a consultation on a new Cancer Drugs Fund.  The proposals are aimed at providing patients with access to promising new medicines while the evidence is still emerging, in a financially sustainable way.

NICE:  Consultation now open on plans to reform Cancer Drugs Fund

 
Early Diversity Internship Programme
The deadline has been extended to 11 December 2015.

CSFS:  Early Diversity Internship Programme application window extended

 
Mapping out the future
Technology & geospatial experts have come together to contribute to a new report which gives insight into the issues, which they believe will have a significant impact on our economy, environment and society over the next 5 years.  The AGI Foresight Report 2020 is made up of 60 papers from a diverse range of organisations & industry experts.
Ordnance Survey:  AGI Foresight Report 2020 – location intelligence vital to connecting a ‘Digital Earth’
 

 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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PC&PE:  Economic Affairs Committee calls for halt to the Scotland Bill

WAG:  Welsh Government moves to block UK Trade Union Bill

IFS:  Fiscal Framework is key to Scottish tax and welfare devolution

 

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It's 15% for environment, 20% for culture, 29% for communities and 37% for transport. For the full, much more nuanced, list of cuts to Whitehall department budgets check out Jane Dudman's explainer on what you need to know about civil service spending.
Before the spending review was announced last week (25 November), the LGA chairman Lord Porter warned that "further cuts will push councils to the edge of collapse". He now has some even starker words, included in our roundup of views from the local government sector:
"Even if councils stopped filling in potholes, maintaining parks, closed all children’s centres, libraries, museums, leisure centres and turned off every street light they will not have saved enough money to plug the financial black hole they face by 2020."

More on the spending review
Views from local government on George Osborne's spending review

Views from local government on George Osborne's spending review
The chancellor’s measures do not ensure long term sustainability, experts say

Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in

Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in
Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’

It's every Whitehall department for itself in spending review scuffle

It's every Whitehall department for itself in spending review scuffle
Spending decisions ignore evidence in favour of politics: just look to the horsetrading over science budgets

Also on the network
The professionals paying the price of public sector wage restraint

The professionals paying the price of public sector wage restraint
‘Even people with steady jobs are struggling to make ends meet’. Staff speak out after years of pay freeze

I thought I was blazing a trail for minorities in Whitehall. I was wrong

I thought I was blazing a trail for minorities in Whitehall. I was wrong
Three decades after I entered the civil service, the fight against racial discrimination is far from won

These streets are made for walking: how Oklahoma City overturned car culture

These streets are made for walking: how Oklahoma City overturned car culture
Most cities don’t prioritise pedestrians, but one US city has shown it's possible to kick the car habit

News in brief
• Chancellor abandoned police budget cuts in the spending review
• Chief constables told officers to prepare for the worst, unnecessarily
• Budget settlements for Whitehall departments have been announced
• There's a surprise boost for the Government Digital Service
• Local authorities will see their grant slashed by 56%
• But some councils are selling toilets on eBay to make up the cash
• Most of Britain's major cities pledge to run on green energy by 2050
From our partner, Lloyds Banking Group
Digital and financial inclusion: two sides of the same coin

Digital and financial inclusion: two sides of the same coin
More than 12 million UK adults lack basic digital skills, missing ways to save money and stay connected