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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Industrial news in brief

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Patrick Murphy, Peggy Carter, Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham have won significant successes in their campaign against academy status and in defence of the suspended NUT rep, Simon O’Hara. In fact they appear to have defeated the academy proposal entirely and can now focus on lifting Simon’s suspension.

Win at Small Heath school; Lambeth library workers strike; Tube station staff to strike; London Underground track workers strike for safety; No to privatisation at V&A.

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Tottenham CLP backs victimised councillor

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Michéal MacEoin

A long-serving Tottenham Labour councillor has had the whip withdrawn for three months after speaking out against cuts to adult care services.

As a result of the budget of £70m cuts over three years passed by Labour-run Haringey Council in 2014, the Haringey cabinet meeting on 10 November 2015 voted to close day centres for adults with dementia and disabilities. Birkbeck Road Day Centre in Hornsey, Always Day Centre near Muswell Hill, the Roundway Centre, the Grange Day Centre and the Haven Day Centre are all set to close.

A long-serving Tottenham Labour councillor has had the whip withdrawn for three months after speaking out against cuts to adult care services.

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Fighting Brighton’s cuts

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Mick Duncan

On 30 January around six hundred people joined the first major protest against the latest round of cuts in Brighton on 30 January.

They were trade unionists and seasoned campaigners. The one group notable by its absence was the local Labour Party. Just a couple of weeks before, a lively debate at a meeting of around two hundred Labour members voted for a weakened motion to campaign agains the “Tory” cuts, but fell short of committing to opposing them at council level.

The Labour administration in Brightom is proposing a budget that will make £68 million of cuts to vital services, shedding jobs and contracting out along the way.

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Debating council cuts

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Jean Lane

Labour Party Momentum members in Sheffield held a meeting with some of the Labour councillors on Tuesday 5 January.

The purpose was to start, and hopefully continue, a dialogue about how to fight the next round of cuts that will be carried out by the council in March. The meeting was very well attended with about 60 people from different wards and constituencies.

Labour Party Momentum members in Sheffield hold meeting with Labour councillors.

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Councillors must fight cuts

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Kieran Miles

I sat in on a very bleak meeting of the cabinet of the Labour council in Lambeth, south London, on Monday 7 December.

The council has already cut £79.5 million over the last five years. It will now make a further £35 million in cuts in 2015/16, another £37 million in 2016/17, and is currently estimating cuts for 2018/19 at anything from £49 to £75 million.

Reality of the cuts in Lambeth

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Worse for councils

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Gerry Bates

George Osborne’s 25 November Spending Review unleashed another round of extreme cuts in local government. The Tory chair of the Local Government Association said:
“Even if councils stop filling in potholes, maintaining parks, closed all children’s centres, libraries, museums, leisure centres and turned off every street light, they will not have saved enough money to plug the financial black hole they face by 2020.

What the Spending Review will mean

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Ollie Moore, Ben Tausz, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

Lancashire County Council is on the verge of making sweeping cuts.

The cuts include over 2,500 job losses (compulsory and voluntary). Around 40 of the 75 libraries in Lancashire will close, as will 5 out of the 10 council run museums, all subsidised bus routes, and numerous other front line services will be cut.

Lancashire and Lambeth library workers fight cuts; teachers fighting for respect; Tube offer falls short; fighting casualisation in higher education; Open University strike; Enfield parking strike.

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How councillors could fight the cuts

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Martin Thomas

Councils lost about a quarter of their funding during the 2010-15 Tory and Lib-Dem coalition government. Now they face the same order of attack again. Libraries, social care, and all community services beyond the minimum councils are legally compelled to do face futher chops.

Labour councillors should refuse to make cuts, defy the Tories’ plans, and help mobilise the labour movement and the community to defeat them.

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