Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/667/11902

From The Socialist newspaper, 20 April 2011

"Lambeth council know the cost of everything and the value of nothing"

Andy Tullis

Lambeth Unison's public meeting to save youth services and adventure playgrounds (APGs) on 12 April was a huge success, 45 people attended.

The meeting was called after the council made devastating cuts in children's play services. There had also been a marvellous turnout from young people when we lobbied Lambeth council meetings in February.

Dozens of children and parents who use local APGs came to those lobbies and the children addressed the full council chamber imploring councillors not to cut their service.

Labour group councillors, very cynically, promised those children that they would not be closing their APGs. Unfortunately they broke that hollow promise immediately afterwards.

Public-sector union Unison in Lambeth believes the Labour group proposals for APGs amount to sabotaging the future of the in-house service and will lead to its eventual break-up and destruction.

People at the meeting spoke movingly about how APGs, youth centres, parks and one o'clock clubs are a lifeline to families and single parents on low incomes.

They admired the diversity these free services provide.

One man commented that Lambeth's proposal to cut 700,000 from the APGs' budget showed that: "Lambeth council know the cost of everything and the value of nothing!"

Their plan will reduce the service to only a few hours opening time a week as well as losing experienced and dedicated staff. Many former service users and staff attended the meeting, one woman said "Dick Sheppard Youth Club (former Lambeth YC) saved my life when I was a teenager; I learned self confidence there".

For these people APGs, one o'clock clubs and youth centres are not just a convenience but a necessity for living. Parents and staff at the meeting unanimously called for a mass campaign to save all children's services in Lambeth and a lobby of Lambeth council on 11 May.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 20 April 2011:


Anti-cuts campaigning

How can the Con-Dem coalition be most effectively punished?

Kick big business out of health care

Fight cuts - vote socialist

Fighting anti-cuts programme needed in Scottish elections

Coventry: support for socialists increases

Enthusiasm for ten TUSC candidates across Kent

Vote Against Cuts alliance launched in Leicester

"Lambeth council know the cost of everything and the value of nothing"


Socialist Students

NUS conference fails to act


International socialist news and analysis

Sarkozy instigates ban on veil to boost his political ratings

Libya: Is humanitarian aid providing mission creep for western powers?

War - what is it good for? Arms sales!


Socialist Party workplace news

Construction workers lobby BP

"Staggering scale" of London Ambulance service cuts

Workplace news in brief

NUT teachers' conference

Leeds Fed Housing strike

Enthusiastic support for PCS call centres strike


Socialist Party features

Anniversary: Black Friday 15 April 1921

The Alternative Vote referendum - 5 May


Socialist Party news and analysis

News in brief

Lid blown off Met's kettle


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Newcastle: Socialists won't be intimidated by racists

Gay protest and discrimination

Angry protest at death of Smiley Culture


 

Home   |   The Socialist 20 April 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Lambeth:

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: The situation in Catalonia

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Venezuela - the imperialist offensive sharpens

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Women's liberation and the struggle for socialism

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: USA - Fighting Trump and the struggle for a socialist alternative

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Identity politics and Marxism

Council:

triangleRough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

triangleLabour council Blairites deselected

triangleNew ebook: Liverpool A City That Dared To Fight

triangleBristol libraries safe - for now - as council caves to pressure

Children:

triangleEnd Tory war on poor

triangleTeachers strike in Sheffield

triangleGlenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

Youth:

triangle4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

6/12/17

Pensions

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

6/12/17

PCS

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

6/12/17

Newham

School staff strike against privatisation

6/12/17

Rail

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

6/12/17

PCS

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

6/12/17

North Yorkshire

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

6/12/17

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

6/12/17

Coventry

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

6/12/17

TUSC

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

6/12/17

Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

6/12/17

Kirklees

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2