Friday, 4 May 2012

UK: AUSTERITY BITES – AND SWALLOWS

Effects of cut-backs increasingly apparent

Flat-lining or a technical double-dip depression? This is a fine distinction as shops, businesses, industrial concerns, long-established companies, arts bodies, charities, and more and more jobs, go under on a daily basis, changing both the look of the country and the structure of our society.

Health education: quantitative change

The scale of physiotherapy and nursing education is under review. Training places are no longer being funded in the same numbers. A spoke for Birmingham University, for example, offers the following reassuring words –
Nursing and physiotherapy within the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham is currently undergoing an options appraisal on its future configuration where all possible options are being considered.
The appraisal of all the possible options for nursing and physiotherapy is being undertaken inclusively and transparently. All staff and students have been made aware and invited to attend meetings and comment. The University is also ensuring that all relevant external stakeholders, including local NHS partners, are communicated to regularly throughout the process.
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2012/05/03/concerns-over-future-of-nursing-at-the-university-of-birmingham-65233-30889998/
How do they write such a stuff? Where do they find the brass neck to publish it!

A decision is expected next month.

Teacher education: qualitative change too

On the same day the same regional newspaper reports that local universities are considering closing down teacher-training. There is a flurry of more mealy words at the Government's proposed new school based ways of arranging things, despite which the concern for the future is still apparent –
These changes will need to be managed very carefully if the dangers of incoherence and fragmentation are to be avoided... The loss of expertise and commitment to teacher training will be huge and the loss of a relatively coherent and understood system for teacher training will affect all potential trainees. ..Some current providers, particularly universities who are facing major changes in other parts of their work are, naturally, considering whether or not to continue working in teacher training. Overall, therefore, we should be very worried about the possible threats posed to the supply of teachers to the country by all this.
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/newsaggregator/2012/05/03/university-warns-of-teacher-shortage-as-education-cuts-hit-65233-30889806/
Not a word of course about practical training for special education.

Charities


Earlier this week some national news from the charitable front 
More than 300 organisations face imminent closure because of financial pressures and the need to help more people than ever... Last year, 265 charities – each with a turnover of £500,000 a year – were forced to shut down.
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/897653-under-pressure-charities-could-be-saved-thanks-to-dating-site
Yet another example of the now familiar phenomenon of the rich getting richer, while the poor get poorer?

All in all, it is going to be a strange and unfamiliar new world...

2 comments:

  1. "Last year, 265 charities – each with a turnover of £500,000 a year – were forced to shut down."

    Mmmmm. "Last year" would have been 2011. The election in 2010, a couple of years ago, to the month.

    Forgive me, but I am sceptical that the closure of all of these 265 was because of "the financial pressure". Management might have some questions to answer.

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  2. On the other hand, "Cuts leave charities fearing closure within a year says NCB report". Is there a lesson for all conductive education providers in the UK? Yes: "'Clearly collaboration and joint working will be vital as resources become ever scarcer." That's been obvious to some for 2-3 years at least. http://bit.ly/IKk1UQ

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