Anti-cuts, public services

Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Questions and answers on the cuts

Stop the cuts

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Martin Thomas

Q. The Lib/Tory coalition says that the government just has to make social cuts, in the same way as anyone who has "maxed out" their credit cards needs to cut back. Is that true?

A. No. In the first place, there is nothing impossible about the government continuing with a large budget deficit for a while. Governments can't "run out of money" in the same way that households or businesses can.

The "case" for the cuts is built on lies!

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Equalise the wealth!

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According to NHS bosses, the Health Service needs an extra £8 billion a year by 2020 to cope with an ageing population and new medical technologies. Or a total of £30 billion on top of the Government’s projections.

Those figures, £8 billion and £30 billion, are both both big numbers. They are much bigger than the £2.5 billion which the Labour leaders have promised to add to the NHS budget from a mansion tax.

They are also small. They are small compared to the £297 billion which is the total wealth of just the hundred richest people in Britain.

Worldwide, a tiny minority, just the richest 1%, own more than 48% of global wealth. Just 85 of the world’s richest people own £1,000 billion between them, as much as the poorest 3.5 billion of the world’s population.

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Mobilise against council cuts!

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The Local Government Association, which represents local councils, warned on 19 November that "services will buckle under the strain of further cuts".

Back in July it had already warned: "The funding gap is growing at an average of £2.1 billion a year, adding up to £12.4 billion by the end of [this] decade".

The National Audit Office has estimated (1 November) a 37% real-terms reduction in government funding to local authorities between 2010-11 to 2015-16.

Local authorities with the highest levels of disadvantage are facing the greatest cuts.

The Local Government Association, which represents local councils, warned on 19 November that "services will buckle under the strain of further cuts".

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Tories plan to double cuts

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The Tories’ declared budget plans mean more and more cuts, and at an accelerating rate, in 2015-20.

On top of the £25 billion cut from annual budgets between 2010-11 and 2014-5, they would cut another £48 billion from those budgets by 2018-9.

The Financial Times estimated the numbers from official statistics and the Tories’ declared intention to have the government budget in overall surplus (current income covering both current and capital spending) by 2020.

The Tories’ declared budget plans mean more and more cuts, and at an accelerating rate, in 2015-20.

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Disability news

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Janine Booth, co-chair, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee (personal capacity)

The Independent Living Fund provides funding for severely disabled people to live independently in their own homes and participate in society — so it's an obvious target for the Tory-LibDem government to cut!

Mike Penney, then minister for (attacking) disabled people, announced in March this year that the Fund would close immediately to new applicants and then close completely. Disabled people's organisations and trade unions have campaigned vigorously against this appalling cut. 

Cuts hit hardest the people who need services most, especially those with disabilities.

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Hands Off London Transport Day of Action

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16 September, 2014 - 17:30

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King's Cross St. Pancras and other Tube stations across London

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From the Hands Off London Transport website:

Student activists, disability rights campaigners, trade unionists, and public transport advocates are planning another Day of Action on Tuesday 16 September, to raise awareness of the fight against staffing cuts and ticket office closures on London Underground. Will you join them?

HOLT supporters are planning leafleting and petitioning at Tube stations including King's Cross St. Pancras from 5.30pm. For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Could you set up a leafleting or petitioning session at your local station? Get in touch with HOLT here.

Glasgow Council workers face down anti-union bosses

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Anne Field

Unison members employed by Glasgow Life, an “arms-length company” set up by Glasgow City Council, staged a series of protests last week to highlight their employer’s treatment of them as a second-class workforce.

Workers at Glasgow City Council are taking on anti-union employers during the Commonwealth Games.

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Health workers to ballot for strikes: unions must coordinate the action!

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

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