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By David A. Clark.
The Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2013
(LOS ANGELES) -- The number of people living with HIV in Los Angeles County is climbing rapidly, but they are not always getting the attention they deserve.
It took many more than 24 months to begin a project to ensure the services would be available, and in many cases, that means having to deal with a lack of funding and staffing for the project. And while the work is now complete, the issue of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in the county remains an issue of concern to residents with HIV/AIDS.
The most immediate problem facing Los Angeles County is that people who rely on the public health services in the county are being denied access to necessary services because of limited funds and a lack of training, said Laura Anderson, program and policy coordinator at the United Way of Southern California.
This month, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors began the second phase of a $30 million budget process, which is expected to reach $120 million by the end of the year. It is intended to help pay for the ongoing project, including a comprehensive count of the number of new people who come to the county each year.
That will add to the challenges of addressing the county's current population of approximately 27,000. The county, which has about 18,000 fewer residents than it did when it began working on the project in 2011, currently has about 50 percent of its population covered by a range of public health and safety services. In addition to those services, the county has about $28 billion in assets that could be used for things like affordable housing, police and fire services.
Some $6 billion in cuts are in the works, including an estimated $25 million in cuts for the county's medical workforce and other social service workers.
"When you're cutting services and when you're trying to maintain a safety net like a social safety net, you get the kind of people, the type of folks who are most at risk for contracting the diseases," Anderson said. "People are vulnerable to infection with HIV and other diseases, but in the last fiscal year, we lost 1,200 social workers and 500 social workers who were actively involved in these services."
Anderson said L.A. County has a long track record in keeping people safe from diseases they can get when they are homeless, drug users and the like. She says that should not be the case, however, and she says Los Angeles is losing the trust of communities as it continues to reduce services to those who need it.
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Hetherington falling tax relief and income tax cuts for individuals and businesses in the UK will mean tax breaks are increasingly difficult to find.
"That was a significant shift that came from Labour," he added.
While Osborne promised the chancellor would bring further tax cuts to the middle class and working families after 2014, experts suggested this would only be effective if his plans are fully implemented.
The Treasury says cutting corporation tax, at the rate of 15%, will put an additional Â£1.6 billion to Â£3.5 billion a year into the pockets of working people over the coming decade.
However, critics have pointed out that cuts to national insurance, which reduces employee costs by Â£400bn a year, would see many workers pay more tax, putting more pressure on public services to cope with cuts to the living wage.
The government said plans to take Britain further afield would require economic policies that were designed and delivered for economic growth and not the interests of business or tax avoidance.
The chancellor confirmed that his budget will be published on Friday, following parliamentary votes in July, though the first published figure for the deficit from the Treasury is expected in June.
His plans include cutting the amount of time parliament is expected to have a vote on tax rises by four weeks and by nine months.
"If we're really going to see a change in the way we think about tax," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Inflation and the deficit
Labour was hoping to show that the chancellor is serious about cutting the deficit but the party's economic policy chief said on Friday his budget would give the chancellor "an additional Â£9bn in tax breaks, which are particularly damaging to the poorest households, especially lower earners."
Andrew Hoon said: "His tax cuts would cost the nation at least one million jobs and there is no question that that's what he'll deliver if he actually fulfils his promises with this budget.
"He's trying to make us look as if we're on our way out the door as Britain's best hope for living standards."
Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said the plan to cut corporation tax at the rate of 15% was an "extraordinary step backwards for people like my wife, daughter and my partner".
But the Liberal Democrats' Simon Hughes said that tax cuts should only be brought into line with economic growth rather than the interests of business.
He added: "The real issue, the real crisis for working people, is that he is raising taxes on the poorest families just because of the way in which that means that they do not have enough money to put into their families' pocket."