Tuesday, September 21, 2010

U.K. Budget Calculator - What Would You Cut?

I found this interesting piece in the BBC UK News. They actually have a budget calculator so that you can try to make adjustments in different areas of government spending to cut the necessary 50 Billion Pounds from next the 2014/2015 budget. When you make cuts you see exactly how it will impact the services provided by the British government. Very interesting approach to letting them know there will be tough times ahead.

On a lighter note, or perhaps not, Robert Plant, of Led Zeppelin fame, appeared on Jimmy Fallon last week and they were speaking of age, and Robert said he was "of an age" now (62) where he qualified for government assistance with his energy bill this winter. They are issuing fuel allotments because an "excess" of people died last year due to not being able to pay their energy bills and froze to death or suffered pneumonia and died. The number was close to 40,000! Sobering stuff.

Oh, and Jimmy Page can ride the buses for free now!

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