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Bristol campaigners demand anti-austerity alternative
A letter has been sent to Bristol's Labour Mayor Marvin Rees from Socialist Party member and former TUSC mayoral candidate Tom Baldwin on behalf of the Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance (BADACA).
It follows an earlier meeting held between the mayor and representatives of BADACA to discuss an alternative to the 1,000 jobs (one-in-six posts) being cut by the council at the time. Since then a further £27 million of cuts have been announced which will severely damage vital services provided by the council.
BADACA representatives put forward suggestions for how the mayor could take a no-cuts approach, centred on the need for mass campaigning to turn back the tide of Tory austerity.
The letter largely addresses some of the legal concerns about such a strategy that were raised. Marvin Rees is yet to respond.
- How councils can set legal no-cuts budgets is detailed in the Socialist Party's magazine Socialism Today, September 2015.
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