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Spin *that* Oct. 8th, 2002 10:11 am
Duncan Smith plans charity boost
Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith is to unveil new plans to offer charities a major role in providing social services.

How about:

Duncan Smith plans major welfare funding cuts

Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith is to unveil new plans to leave the provision of social services to charities.

From: feanelwa
Date: October 8th, 2002 - 02:25 am (Link)
He doesn't seem to have said that he'll make them pay for the running costs though. And charities know how to provide a good service for not a lot of money. So if he gives them the funding to do what they were doing already but for more people, they'll probably do it better than it's being done at the moment. And charities tend to be focused on the task and not on massaging statistics like governments.
I think it's a good idea.
From: zotz
Date: October 8th, 2002 - 03:59 am (Link)
They do this very well by using volunteers and often not paying their staff very well (because they can't afford to). They're invaluable, but relying on them solely as a way of saving money strikes me as exploiting people's better natures. If we want these jobs done, then we should be prepared to pay a decent wage for it.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: October 8th, 2002 - 04:07 am (Link)
also: who's funding the charities? The message will be 'if you want better public services, give to charity', so altruistic and generous people / corportate entities will end up paying more, while selfish people will be in effect getting tax breaks, since taxation won't reflect the real cost of funding services.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: October 8th, 2002 - 03:46 am (Link)
I was watching the coverage of the start of the Tory party conference yesterday, and was startled to see their banner slogan 'It's time to think about public services'. It wasn't until I heard the rest of the report than I realised the Tories have a different idea of what a 'public service' is to the rest of us.

They're going to involve charities in healthcare and education, and also offer loans and/or grants to middle-class parents so they can get their little Johnny and Alicia into public schools, rather than spending the money on improving state school provision.
From: zotz
Date: October 8th, 2002 - 04:13 am (Link)
It's all in the presentation, isn't it?

There was a Steve Bell cartoon many years ago (nearly twenty, now I think about it) with two panels. One had a naked, wild-haired and wild-eyed Keith Joseph carrying a pail, tagged "A madman with a bucket of shit". The other had Kenneth Baker in a nice suit, smiling, holding a pail behind his back, titled "a smoothie with a discrete container of ordure".

It's all in the presentation.