After a summer of dire warnings of public sector cutbacks, yet another article is out in today’s Daily Telegraph. But what makes this one stand out is the figure it uses – £100 billion.
While we are back in the world of mind-boggling figures – oft seen in this recession – everyone can appreciate that this means that cuts will have to be made quickly and deeply to all areas of service.
The government has previously stated that frontline services won’t be affected, but if the figures quoted are true, it is impossible to see how they won’t be – with the inevitable effect on quality that comes with it.
It is already affecting social care services – children’s homes, adult day centres and the like are closing across the country, the article says – and this will heap yet more pressure on already over-stretched services.