The development of anti-cuts campaigns and committees has been one of the most immediate political consequences of the government’s cuts programme.
Anti-cuts, public services
At the Lambeth Living [Lambeth Council’s housing “Arms Length Management Organisation”] staff conference on 8 November there was a lot of anger and nervousness at the announcement of job cuts.
At the time of going to press (17 November) the SNP is announcing the Holyrood government’s budget for the financial year 2011-2012. Huge cuts are expected.
On 10 November, 50,000 students marched in London against the government's plans to cut university teaching budgets by 75% and raise student fees to £9,000 a year, thus closing the doors to higher education for students from worse-off families.
Trade unions are still dawdling, planning no national demonstration until 26 March. Union members should insist that their organisations follow the students' lead!
Poplar Labour council's fight against another Tory/Liberal coalition government, in 1921, and the battle by the Labour council in the village of Clay Cross, Derbyshire, against Tory laws imposing council rent rises in the early 1970s, shows that councils can take on the government and win.
According to the Financial Times of 15 November, battles against the cuts are already making a difference.
At the Lambeth Living [Lambeth Council's housing 'Arms Length Management Organisation'] staff conference on Monday [8 November] there was a lot of anger and nervousness at the announcement of job cuts
Benefit cuts over the next 4 years: £18 billion
Cuts in education and local services: £16 billion
Bank profits for this year alone: £28 billion.
Do the cuts have to be as big? Or as fast? There is much debate about that. But what about the basic assumption - that there has been "too much" social spending? "Too much" for what?