Archive of 2 August 2011
The government's new e-petitions proposal is a step forward, but as ever the devil is in the detail.
Clifford Singer, False Economy's campaign director, criticises charity cuts to "vital services" and laments position local councils have been put in.
Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, says that charity cuts show that big society is a "big con".
Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the Local Government Association, regrets having to take "tough" financial decisions but says local authorities are working to plug the gaps left by cuts.