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.

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Bromley library workers win victory

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 2:45 Author: Gemma Short

Library workers in Bromley have won a victory following their all-out indefinite strikes which began on 28 March.

Workers had been on strike after Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), who have run libraries since they were privatised in 2017, refused to meet the pay offer other local government workers will be getting.

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The new deal we want: socialism!

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:17 Author: Editorial
nationalise energy

The TUC has called a march and rally for 12 May under the slogan of a “new deal for working people”. There is plenty to protest about.

The cuts since the 2008 crash are overwhelming. There has been a decline in real wages. The NHS has been brought to its knees. At the start of May we heard that one million more children are growing up in poverty since 2010, due to in-work cuts in benefit.

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Councils cut to boost reserves

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:11 Author: Colin Foster

Since 2010 local councils have had the tax money recycled to them by central government cut drastically, and their scope to raise more by council tax tightly restricted. Yet they have increased the financial reserves they hold.

According to government figures, the total of councils’ reserves is £8 billion higher than they were in 2010. Some councils — many of them Tory — dipped into reserves between 2015 and 2017, but even then 52% of councils increased reserves or kept them steady.

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Innovative methods not enough

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:08 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth

In the Guardian on 27 April, Beth Foster-Ogg writes that Labour needs “radical local councillors” who are “building socialism from below.”

To counter swingeing cuts of up to 50% since 2010, they need to come up with “innovative, radical measures to tackle the fractures in British society.” She cites the examples of Salford and Preston as models for councillors.

Momentum’s work, she says, is “all about ensuring that Labour councillors aren’t waiting for change to come on high...”
We do need more left-wing councillors, who are held accountable by their constituents.

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Recycling workers strike for sick pay

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:24 Author: Simon Nelson

Workers at FCC Environment in Hull are striking for 14-days (starting 29 March) for decent sick-pay.

This follows a previous week-long strike in March. FCC is a subsidiary of a Spanish company that describes itself as “a worldwide leader in citizen services, specialised in environment, water and infrastructure”. It reported a 12.7% increase in earnings in the first quarter of 2017, totalling $188 million globally.

The Unison Hull City branch has been campaigning for a better sick-pay scheme, with the company refusing to include this in the latest pay negotiations.

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Indefinite library strike over pay

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:22 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Workers at libraries in Bromley started an indefinite strike on Wednesday 28 March over pay.

Bromley′s libraries have been run by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) since a battle to keep them under public control was lost in November 2017. In this year′s pay negotiations GLL has refused to meet the pay offer other local government workers will be getting.

Workers earning £19,000 would have seen a 2.9% pay rise if still directly employed by the council, and some lower earners would have had a 4% pay rise.

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Starting to re-imagine local government

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:55 Author: Ruth Willis

On Saturday 24 March around 100 Labour Party activists attended “Re-imagining Local Government: London for the many and not the few”.

This event came out of discussions between London Momentum members and left activists. We wanted to create a forum for the left to think about what it would do if it won seats in the May elections.

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When Labour councils resisted Tory housing policy

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 1:19 Author: Rosalind Robson
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson continues with the story of the 1972 resistance to the Housing Finance Act by Clay Cross council in Derbyshire. Read Part One here

That the Labour council of the small Derbyshire town of Clay Cross fought a Tory government over its policy of raising rents by an act of Parliament — the 1972 Housing Finance Act — is well known.

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