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Cancelled - Year One Public Affairs lecture, Thursday

My apologies but I am having to cancel today's lecture as the time of ministerial visit I am covering has been put back to a later time.

Please look out for an assignment that I will put up tomorrow.

Paul

MA Public Affairs lecture on Thursday 3 cancelled/Year One lecture unaffected

Owing to a work commitment, I will not be able to to take tomorrow's lecture for the post grad group. However, I will be in for the Year One session at 3pm.

Paul

 

Essential Public Affairs - latest handouts MA/Year One students

I have uploaded some new NCTJ Essential Public Affairs handouts to Module Notes covering recent lectures. Please ensure you download/print them to keep your files up to date. 

Paul

Essential Public Affairs - latest handouts MA/Year One students

I have uploaded some new NCTJ Essential Public Affairs handouts to Module Notes covering recent lectures. Please ensure you download/print them to keep your files up to date. 

Paul

How councillors will decide how to spend £1.6bn - and increase your council tax

Kent County Council holds its annual budget meeting on Thursday (13) - an important meeting because it will decide if there should be an increase in the council tax for the first time in four years.

County councillors will also vote on an £82m package of cost-cutting measures - cuts - including changes to the school Freedom Pass.

These set piece meetings can be reminiscent of the yah-boo politics of Prime Minister's Questions and there is always a lot  - actually rather too much - of point scoring.

MA Students: Social services notes

Handouts on social care now in module notes.

Please look under NCTJ Public Affairs section. 

 

MA students/Public Affairs handout

The handout/notes from the education sessions completed at the end of last term are now available in module notes.

Paul

MA students/Public Affairs handout

The handout/notes from the education sessions completed at the end of last term are now available in module notes.

Paul

Why you should print as well as read council agendas

What has been the impact of the coalition's welfare reforms? Kent County Council is not alone in wondering if the far-reaching changes are having unintended consequences. So it decided to examine if there were any repercussions for those affected.

It produced a 42-page report which was duly put on an agenda for a meeting of a relatively anonymous scrutiny committee. It made for interesting reading. The main finding was that welfare reforms were being linked to rising homelessness, crime and numbers using food banks - particularly children.

MA Students: Thursday public affairs session cancelled

Thursday's Public Affairs lecture f(Dec 5) for post grads has been cancelled. I will be covering the Autumn budget statement. My apologies.

Paul