Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18159

Posted on 18 February 2014 at 15:39 GMT

Warrington anti-cuts councillor exposes devastating cuts plans

Warrington councillor Kevin Bennett, who was suspended from the council Labour group for voting against the Warrington borough council (WBC) budget cuts in 2013 is still awaiting confirmation from the Labour group on when he will be allowed to return.

Councillor Bennett said in a press release that the budget for the next financial year which includes up to 75 job losses and service 'redesigns' to help save money has included an investment for the crazy golf course at Walton Hall Gardens, when council tax looks set to rise by 1.98% as the council decided not to take on government funding to pay for a freeze.

In the meantime he has been representing his ward (Fairfield and Howley) and trying to get a grasp of how devastating this year's budget cuts will be. As reported in the local Guardian on 13th February 2014, the council unions are 'very anxious' about the 46 jobs under threat.

Councillor Bennett said:

After finally obtaining some of the financial information on this year's budget that will be put to full council on 3rd March 2014, I have asked for my questions to be answered. The public consultation was a 'sham', it was sent out with very limited information and didn't outline what cuts would need to be made.
As I understand it, adult social care will be 'farmed out' to a social enterprise company, which in my view would be a risk as the company is completely untested. There has been no explanation of how this will save money, therefore I can only assume that it will be by cutting wages and staff. I have asked the question 'why can't it be kept in-house'?

According to the information I've received, WBC have already closed three day-care centres, reduced the overall manager numbers by a third, and restructured and reduced the team size for respite services for learning disabilities.

The council is also cutting direct payments to adult social care recipients, these cuts don't sound like a lot of money but they will be devastating for the people involved.

Some of the savings these cuts and others are proposed to make are miniscule in comparison to the 2013/14 forecasted borrowing figure to fund the capital programme of almost £500 million and at the same time WBC has millions of pounds from investments sat in the bank.
Throughout Warrington there are still many residents who are in arrears with their council tax because of the changes to the welfare system brought in by this government; we need to help these people.

WBC has 'dipped' into its reserves this year, which goes to show that reserves can be used to mitigate the cuts. I was made to feel like an outcast for even suggesting such a thing. Using reserves was also suggested by the present mayor, councillor Peter Carey, who in 2010 stated in a newsletter, edited by councillor Hitesh Patel, when talking about the £millions of reserves: 'Could this money not be used to prevent the drastic cuts the LibDem-Tory coalition running the council seems hell-bent on pushing through'.

I am hoping to get meaningful answers to these and many other questions regarding the 'privatisation' of our services.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 18 February 2014 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

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






Related links:

Warrington:

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: Nationalisation and workers' control explained

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: Prepare for the next steps towards JC4PM

triangleWarrington Socialist Party: Tories Out - Can Corbyn win on socialist policies?

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!

Anti-cuts:

triangleDemand for no-cuts budget grows

triangleThousands march - mayor needs real anti-cuts strategy

triangleBristol's Labour mayor calls anti-austerity march - now stop making cuts!

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

Budget:

triangleBalloting members on the pay cap

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

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

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

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

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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 ...

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

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

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