So Near Yet So Far

Episodes

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04Finding A Home19991206

Jenny Cuffe presents a six-part series comparing public services in Britain and Europe through the experiences of people living in Bristol and its twin cities.

4: `Finding a Home'.

In Hanover, encouraging people to buy their own homes is seen as one way of breaking up ghettos of social housing, but in Bristol where one in eight houses are in disrepair, home occupation has not proved a panacea.

05Getting Around19991213

Jenny Cuffe presents a six-part series comparing public services in Britain and Europe through the experiences of people living in Bristol and its twin cities. 5: `Getting Around'. Local politicians in both Bristol and Bordeaux hope to woo motorists out of traffic jams and on to public transport, but their different approaches to spending on grand public works set the two apart.

06Growing Old19991220

Jenny Cuffe presents the last in a six-part series comparing public services in Britain and Europe. `Growing Old'. Hanover's senior citizens enjoy a well-funded, nationally administered system of care. In Bristol, like the rest of the UK, what you get depends on your postcode. But the German government is now introducing radical reforms, many of which reflect what happened in the UK over a decade ago.

199D01Falling Ill19991108

Jenny Cuffe presents a six-part series comparing public services in Britain and Europe through the experiences of people living in Bristol and its twin cities.

1: `Falling Ill'.

Heart patients in Bordeaux receive surgery as soon as they need it.

In Bristol you can wait for over two years - unless you go private.

199D02Going To School19991115

Jenny Cuffe presents a six-part series comparing public services in Britain and Europe through the experiences of people living in Bristol and its twin cities.

2: `Going to School'.

The divide between state and private schools, acute in Bristol, is bridged in Bordeaux where the government funds both systems.

199D03Training For Work19991122

Jenny Cuffe presents a six-part series comparing public services in Britain and Europe through the experiences of people living in Bristol and its twin cities.

3: `Training for Work'.

In Hanover traditional apprenticeship schemes are struggling to fit with the new flexible labour market.

In Bristol employers know flexibility cannot be a substitute for proper skills.