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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 August 2012

TUSC councillor rejects Walsall cuts 'consultation'

Walsall council has begun a public consultation on 'spending priorities for 2013-14', speaking of further cuts of around 67 million over the next four years. The consultation questionnaire asks people to say which council services 'were most important to them' and which were 'less important'. Unsurprisingly, it did not include the option of saying no to all the cuts.

Below is an extract from Walsall councillor Pete Smith's reply to Walsall Voluntary Action about the consultation.

Councillor Smith is a member of the Walsall Democratic Labour Party, part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Those who care about public services would be well advised to keep out of this exercise in my opinion...

Are we seriously asking the people to legitimise a process whereby they and their fellow citizens will pay more and receive less services, year by year? With respect, count me out...

The citizens and workers of Walsall borough, led by their councillors, should:

Fifty-seven of the present 60 Walsall councillors belong to one of the three main party groups and therefore will behave and vote as directed by their party bosses. Only a mass popular, public, legal and peaceful campaign engaging hundreds, even thousands, of local citizens might bring a change of mind.

Councillor Pete Smith

Go to www.tusc.org.uk to see the complete letter and more


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 2012 conference

Saturday 22 September, 11am-5pm

See www.tusc.org.uk

Speakers include Walsall councillor Pete Smith and former 'Liverpool 47' councillor Tony Mulhearn

Room B34, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E

All welcome

Registration 5 waged/2 unwaged

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