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Splashing out on essentials????
« on: 07 Mar 2012 09:57AM »
I've been looking for some cheery news to post but I am not finding much.
These three articles got my notice because they seem linked.

The current government's spending priorities remind me of my mate's recent crisis in failing to slide into massive debt despite an adequate income. When we sat together over her till receipts and bank statements it was puzzling. That is until she confessed to a series of impulse purchases and lunches out.

Pity the House of Commons dining room is off limits to the public, Nora, you'd have a great conversation starter over smoked salmon and breast of wood pigeon, even if the house plonk is an inferior red.

Whitehall department savings scheme overspent by 500m, says report

Whitehall departments have been criticised for overspending by 500m on schemes that were actually intended to save money
Two of five schemes examined - at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - had not kept track of whether or not the changes were saving money.
Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said the overall figures provided "a shockingly familiar story of spiralling costs and poor value for money".

Project to protect rare Burmese monkey gets new funding

A conservation project to help protect the rare Burmese snub-nosed monkey is one of 33 to get a share of UK Government funding.
The project is one of 33 initiatives to share 8.5m of funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

New focus for British aid to India

Britain's big aid programme in India is under scrutiny as never before. Critics say that India should be able to fund its own development, since it has nuclear weapons and a space programme.
There were fresh attacks last month when it emerged that International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell had appeared to link possible arms sales to the aid programme.
Britain wants to put investment into companies that have a social impact, to grow the economy from the bottom. I visited a vegetable production company which is applying for funds.
Opposition within the government of India to the continued British aid programme has not gone away. Some continue to feel that the programme "sends the wrong image" of India.
The focus of Britain's large aid programme to India is changing so that within two years, half of it will go into private sector investment.
Britain is the largest bilateral donor, giving $454m (280m) a year. This is nine times as large as US aid to India.