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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Don't cut our schools!

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Kate Harris, Alice Swarstarner and Gemma Short

Schools across England are facing huge funding cuts over the next few years, under a “fairer” new funding formula, taking effect from 2017-18.

Nationally, schools will see about 8% cuts. In a few rare cases, particularly in schools in the shires, schools may have increased budgets. But schools in London will be hit with 13% cuts and some boroughs will face cuts of more than 20%.

Schools across England are facing huge funding cuts over the next few years, under a “fairer” new funding formula, taking effect from 2017-18.

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Industrial news in brief

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Peggy Carter, Ollie Moore and Simon Nelson

Library workers in Lambeth struck on Monday 8 February in an ongoing fight to stop the closure or privatisation of many of the borough′s libraries.

Library workers in Greenwich and Bromley also struck on Monday 8 February The strike in Lambeth was well supported across all ten of the borough′s libraries, with all libraries shut and large picket lines. Activists from other local trade unions came down to show solidarity on the picket lines.

Lambeth library workers strike; Tube station strikes called off; track workers announce strikes.

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How Labour councils can beat the Tories' cuts

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Sacha Ismail

What are you advocating?

Firstly, that Labour councils and the Labour Party more generally campaign explicitly and actively for the restoration of the funding which local authorities have lost since 2010 and are going to lose in the years ahead. At the moment, the demand is not even being made.

The more our movement discusses its strategy and tactics in taking on the Tories, the stronger it will be. We can debate this while we fight to elect the largest possible number of Labour councillors across the country.

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SNP and Tories: cuts are better than 1p tax rise

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Ann Field

In response to the decision of the SNP Holyrood government to cut £350 millions from local government funding — at a cost of some 15,000 jobs — Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale has called for a 1p increase in income tax rates in Scotland.

Although the power to vary the different income tax bands will not be devolved to Scotland until next year, Holyrood already has the power to increase (or cut) the income tax rates currently set by the Westminster government. Dugdale’s proposal enjoys broad support among Labour Party members.

The SNP profess concern about the impact of the proposal on the low-paid — the very people who have suffered most under SNP austerity and cuts in funding to local authorities — and claim, wrongly, that an increase in income tax will hit the lower paid harder than the higher paid.

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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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