Exclusive: Rural life at ‘tipping point’ as cuts slash services > A study, by consultancy firm Rural Innovation, concludes that there is “no longer scope to continually pare down key public services” in the face of spending cuts and that the Big Society must be given an opportunity to take control.
Big society urban farming project goes hi-tech > After winning a regeneration grant from Hackney council, a former shelter for domestic abuse victims has been renovated to create a showcase of the potential of hi-tech urban farming techniques, Jonathan Knott reports.
Thousands protest against Berlusconi > In Rome, public service employees, families, school pupils and students took part in the demonstration organised by trade union CGIL under the motto: “Without the public (sector) you’re deprived of your rights.”
Indian Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister says development of remote areas a priority > Laying foundation of 21,56 Rupees, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah sensitized the administration towards public service and said that prompt response to the needs of people and timeline delivery should be the benchmark of government functionaries. The Chief Minister said that government functionaries have an important role to play in translating the development schemes into reality ensuring benefits of these reach to the people at all levels.
Sri Lankan problems of graduates will be solved through the 2012 budget > Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said effective measures have been included in 2012 budget proposals to strengthen the public service, the Sri Lankan government expects to recruit another 30 thousand government servants to the public service in 2012.
California marks 100 years since political reforms > The state that has seen pitched battles at the ballot box over property tax reforms, gay marriage, illegal immigration and recalling a governor was not always the standard-bearer for direct democracy, “the people who have the power, they don’t want to give it up. They want to be able to write the check for $10 million or $20 million and get a law they want,” said former Assembly Speaker and Democrat Bob Hertzberg.
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