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Putting all the pieces together

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Winter was cold. The implications of the spending review were colder. But things soon warmed up, with an August that was too hot on every level. Jim Dunton presents his Yuletide log of 2011.

The past 12 months saw the coalition government really assert power. The early months of the Dave and Nick show were about aspiration and in-year cuts, but in December 2010’s funding settlement the die was cast, and the ‘apocalyptic’ visions came into sharper focus.

Widescale library closures were announced, social care cutbacks imposed, and councils smoothed tens of thousands of care home residents through the demise of Southern Cross.

But history books will doubtless choose the August riots as the year’s signature event, which saw former ‘respect’ tsar Louise Casey appointed to head a new unit to tackle troubled families.

This has been 2011, the year the cuts started to bite.

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