Anti-cuts, public services

Questions and answers on the cuts

Submitted by martin on 19 October, 2010 - 12:04 Author: Martin Thomas
Stop the cuts

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.

Northamptonshire council goes bust

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 1:35

The Tories who run the Cabinet of Northants Council County have been condemned — by local Tory MPs and Tory council backbenchers — as the “worst-run local authority in the country”, “not up to the job”. The condemnation came in response to the imposition of a section 114 notice on the council, which means that no new expenditure is permitted, “with the exception of safeguarding vulnerable people and statutory services” (sic).

Going coalition-ready Matthew Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:39

Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has been elected unopposed as President of Sinn Féin, replacing Gerry Adams who held the job for almost 35 years. McDonald joined Fianna Fáil in the late 1990s, before switching to Sinn Féin. She was elected as the party’s first MEP in 2004, before gaining a seat in the Dáil in 2011.

Fighting the cuts with Council Tax hikes? SJW Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:56
Mansion

The departure of Chris Williamson as a shadow minister has been explained by Williamson and others around the Labour leadership as either a conflict over principle or the removal of a maverick left-winger.

It is true that Williamson has spoken out on other issues outside his brief as Shadow Fire Minister, in his weekly online videos. Most recently he advocated rises in council tax for more expensive homes.

After Carillion: nationalise all the big public contractors!

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2018 - 10:06 Author: Martin Thomas
outsourcing

The labour movement should demand that not just Carillion, but all the big public service contractors, Serco, G4S, Capita, should be nationalised with minimum compensation, and their public contracts brought back in-house.

Their workers - including agency staff and formally-self-employed contractors - should be brought into union-negotiated public-sector pay and conditions, and the services should be run under the democratic control of the workers and elected public authorities.

RCG back Progress to win in Haringey

Submitted by SJW on 19 December, 2017 - 1:38 Author: Nollaig MacLaverty

Much has been written about the right-wing press’s wrong-headed coverage of the battle against the Haringey Development Vehicle, with its focus on a supposed “Momentum takeover” of the Labour Party obscuring some of the wider housing issues underneath.

We have a new contender now, however, for most boneheaded analysis, and the odds are on that the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) will win the prize.

Selections, factionalism, and Akehurst

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 1:22 Author: Will Sefton
Selections, factionalism, and Akehurst

“We may well have reached 'peak Momentum'. These are the most favourable political circumstances Labour’s hard left could envisage.

“They feel politically vindicated by the general election result, have a well-funded, well-staffed organisation holding a vast amount of data on Labour members and have reshaped Labour’s membership through successive rounds of mass recruitment.”

Illusions of Power: The lessons of last time round

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 12:09 Author: Keith Road

In the early 1980s, many Labour councils were committed to defy Tory cuts. Sadly, every single one of these councils backed down in the end. There are many lessons to be learned from that defeat.

Today business rates are set by, and channelled through, central government. In the 1980s, councils set and collected rates levied on local businesses. They had more scope to offset central government cuts through these tax-raising powers. In that context many argued that this tax-raising was progressive and redistributive.

Cuts could devastate domestic violence refuge service

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 9:26 Author: Ruth Willis
Sisters Uncut protest

According to Women’s Aid there were over twenty thousand referrals to refuge services in 2015-16. Of these, a quarter were turned down due to lack of space. The actual numbers of people accessing all domestic violence services is much higher. The figures are staggering.

Budget alternatives should focus on control

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 10:14 Author: Editorial
John McDonnell

In a number of speeches in the run-up to the Tory government’s Budget on 22 November, shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has rightly indicted the Tories’ record since George Osborne began their cuts program back in 2010.

• A 30% increase in food bank usage in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, as the six-week delay in making the payment pushes thousands into destitution.

• The NHS so cash-strapped that even its top bosses say it will crumble without a big boost. Cuts in per-student finance for state schools for the first time since the 1990s.