Task 1: P4, M3
The impact of government policies on public services
Policies the UK government create can have a big impact on the public services but as they could affect the whole population. The government can create:
Policies that affect all the services
Policies that affect the armed services
Policies that affect the emergency services.
Policies that affect all the services
The UPS can have a lot of amount of power over our lives. This means they could take away our freedom, monitor our action, investigate our private lives and use the information they find out against us if required which means these powers they need to be carefully regulated to stop abuse by the country or public services against UK Citizen. The public services operate with the consent and cooperation of the public also the public should be respected and respectful of the public services. But breaches of human rights can still occur. This is why laws and policies as the Human Rights Act 1998 exist. The Act makes it clear that UK citizen have right and if they are broken by the UPS then they can be taken to court.
In 2006 coaches full of anti-war demonstrators were detained by the police for more than 2½ hours and prevented from joining a peaceful demonstration against the war in Iraq at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The police argued that by preventing the demonstrators from attending the protest they were protesting the demonstrators right to life since the American forces at the base had reserved the right to use ‘deadly force’ if the base were to be breached. The protesters argued that the detainment violated their right to freedom of speech and assembly, and freedom from arbitrary detention. The House of Lords agreed with the protesters and found the police in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Helen Wickham, a coach passenger, said: I think it deeply worrying that Gloucestershire police, confronted with the possibility of US troops shooting unarmed protestors, chose to defend the US use of lethal force over our right to protest.
This case study shows that the some of the public services breach part of the Human Rights Act 1998 the part that were breach are freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of thought and right to life. The introduction of Human Rights Act 1998 make so it the public services shouldn’t have done some of the things they did during the protest, because a lot of it went against the Human Right Act 1998 which the government
The public services could not operate if they didn’t the resource they need to pay their personnel, maintain and buy the equipment they need to operate well as a uniformed public service, because of this the government created finance policies that have a big impact on the public services. If the public’s money used to fund the services is reduced then this will have a direct impact on how the public services work which this could end up with cuts in the public services. Also fewer officers may be appointed, may be less specialised training and equipment and so respond less effectively military problems. But if finance for the public service is increased then all that won’t happen.
When a war starts it will have a big and immediate impact on all the armed services. This also means the military will be deployed almost immediately to a battle zone also the equipment and resources they need. They fight for an aim set out by the government. The armed services exist as the government “international law enforcement” and only go into military action if ordered by the government. They cannot pick and choose where they go on operation or when they go. The effects of this on all armed public services are far reaching as there is the present risk of serving solders that are in combat or in an area on combat instability. Also they may be killed or badly injured by the enemy or by civilians that don’t like the British