Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/719/14565

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 May 2012

Con-Dems' hypocrisy over children's care

Nancy Taaffe, Walthamstow Socialist Party
Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo  Socialist Party

Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Tory MP Elizabeth Truss has lamented the lack of quality, affordable childcare. She should know - her Con-Dem government have all but wiped out children's services in some parts of the country. And what's her solution? "Cut red tape" - the current Tory code for destroying workers' rights.

Instead of investing to expand much-needed services they want to increase the number of children one worker can take on.

In my London borough, Waltham Forest, where a Labour council is implementing the Tories' cuts, children and young people's services are being slashed.

From Aiming High for Disabled Children to community safety that prevents child deaths, social work to baby clinics, career services to the youth offending team, from community learning to children's centres - these are all being decimated. Who would want to grow up in Con-Dem Britain?

Recently the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was approached to help a young mum who is witnessing the dismantling of the Chingford Hall Children's Centre on her estate.

The Labour council is cutting frontline jobs at children's centres across the borough, despite previous assurances their jobs were safe. It's not just jobs but expertise such as nutrition and speech development that will be lost.

The mum bravely stood on a chair at a mother and toddler session and appealed to other mums to sign a petition and fight back against the loss of these treasured services in her area.

She collected 300 signatures by visiting other drop-in centres and leaving petitions at doctors' surgeries. Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union is helping her with an open air meeting in a local park to distribute yet more petitions and also mobilise for a borough-wide meeting on 7 June.

Chingford Hall is in the Tories' work and pensions minister (or should that be unemployment and slashing pensions minister?) Iain Duncan Smith's constituency. So has IDS supported the campaign and called for a reversal of the cuts? Of course not!

The Tories bleat on about quality childcare while cutting and closing services in working class communities to pay the bankers' debt. Labour councils dutifully rubber stamp these cuts.

The tide is turning against austerity, not only in Greece and France but also in Britain where parents will resist the future being snatched away from our children.

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


In The Socialist 23 May 2012:


Fighting the cuts

Hospital jobs scandal - Action now to save the NHS!

Con-Dems' hypocrisy over children's care

Our education under attack

Council workers in Cheshire strike against attacks on pay


Socialist Party news and analysis

We stand 100% with the Greek workers

Rochdale: far right attempts to exploit tragedy of abuse

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland: 31 May referendum

Eurovision hosts are top of the charts for repression


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Back to work? How the system fails the unemployed

Mullivaikal 2012 - Solidarity with the Tamil people

Lincolnshire academies in crisis

Profit hungry 'Big Oil' backs climate change deniers

The housing crisis - action needed now

Youth Fight for Jobs Northern Ireland launched in Belfast

Building the electoral alternative in Brent

Stockland Green march for jobs

More attacks on right to campaign


Socialist Party workplace news

Interview with RMT assistant general secretary candidate

AEI Cables: "Thrown out in disgraceful circumstances"

Leadership shows weakness at CWU conference

Workplace news in brief

National Shop Stewards Network


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 May 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  




Related links:

Children:

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

triangleShocking insight into Isis

triangleOne in four teenage girls depressed - crisis made worse by cuts

triangleSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Jobs:

triangleNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

triangleBalloting members on the pay cap

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Labour:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Childcare:

triangleWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Waltham Forest:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Black workers and the British trade unions

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

19/10/17

Refugees

Hundreds of torture victims wrongly detained

18/10/17

Brexit

Tories torn - bin them now

18/10/17

What we saw

What we saw

18/10/17

Food

Obesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

18/10/17

NHS

Tories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

18/10/17

Debt

Young people being strangled by debts

13/10/17

Labour

The end of the Tories?

11/10/17

Tories

Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

11/10/17

Black history

The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

11/10/17

Housing

Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

11/10/17

Universal Credit

Major attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

11/10/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

11/10/17

NHS

NHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

11/10/17

IMF

IMF helps cause inequality it slams

4/10/17

NHS

Tories wreck our NHS

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


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

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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