Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/931/24204

From The Socialist newspaper, 11 January 2017

We're sick of sham consultations - give us a real fightback

Anti-cuts demo in Swansea, 13.6.15, photo Les Woodward

Anti-cuts demo in Swansea, 13.6.15, photo Les Woodward   (Click to enlarge)

Letter published in the South Wales Evening Post:

Your report on 4 January claims that just 230 responses have been received so far to Swansea Council's public budget consultation process.

Is it any surprise that the residents of Swansea are refusing to participate in the council's annual consultation, which effectively asks just one repeated question - which services would you prefer councillors to cut?

We have already seen 48 million worth of cuts over the past two years with another 16 million proposed for next year and a further 38 million by 2020.

Yes, Tory central government is responsible for cutting local government budgets but it's Labour councils across Wales, including Swansea, that are obediently implementing the Tory cuts!

Labour councillors shed crocodile tears and claim 'there is nothing we can do' and continue to devastate council jobs, services and the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

Local government trade unions, along with the Wales TUC, have called on Labour councils to refuse to implement these vicious cuts and instead set legal no-cuts budgets and launch a mass campaign to force the government to provide councils with the cash necessary to run our services.

No cuts!

Instead of acting as local managers and administrators of Tory cuts, Labour councillors should be standing up for ordinary people!

If Swansea council's consultation exercise included the question 'would you support a no-cuts budget?' then a positive response of tens of thousands would surely be on the order of the day!

Unfortunately, from past experience, such as last year's consultation where less than 0.6% of the population of Swansea participated, Labour councillors will justify making further cuts by claiming that this is what Swansea residents want. I don't think so!

Alec Thraves, Swansea Socialist Party

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


In The Socialist 11 January 2017:


NHS in meltdown

NHS in meltdown

NHS in meltdown from spending cuts - demonstrate on 4 March!

Sustainability and Transformation plans - a repackaging of cuts

Worcestershire hospital deaths expose NHS crisis


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Football abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and accountability

Book review: Spy drama gives insight into capitalist coup plot


What we think

Strikes show workers' power


Socialist Party news and analysis

'Cash for ash' scandal set to bring down Northern Ireland government

May slams 'economic inequalities' Tory policies created

Blair's multimillion plans to fight 'populism'

Bosses earn average salary in under three days

What we saw

Them & Us: 500k house party... 50p for rent


Labour Party

Haringey: pressure grows as Labour council cuts

Sick of sham consultations - give us a real fightback

Khan should attack bosses, not workers


Socialist Party workplace news

Tube strike solid in fight for jobs and safety

Support BA cabin crews' strike for fair pay

Sham Royal Mail pensions consultation - action needed

Unison legal battle looks into allegations 'Team Dave' broke rules during general secretary election

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Build the resistance against Trump

Socialist Party national women's meeting

2016: A record-breaking fighting fund year!

Closing of the children's centres could cost lives


International socialist news and analysis

Palestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation


 

Home   |   The Socialist 11 January 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Swansea:

triangleGeneral election: what you thought about it

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: After the general election - preparing for the coming fightback

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: The general election - will socialist policies win?

triangleLabour hangs on in Wales despite cuts councillors

triangleEnergetic start to TUSC local election campaigning

US:

triangleCorbyn surge beats Trump

triangleTrump regime faces deepening crisis

triangleCapitalism condemned

triangleFund the fight against the Tories

Cuts:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Labour:

triangleCamden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

triangleWhole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

Government:

triangleThe Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

Council:

triangleManchester housing maintenance dispute steps up action

Councillors:

triangleTUSC's anti-cuts message finds positive response

Wales:

triangleWales: Corbyn's left surge refutes right-wing Labour doomsayers

Local government:

triangleUnison must back Corbyn's pledge to abolish zero-hour contracts with action

Budget:

triangle31,000 more kids at risk of abuse or neglect

Trade unions:

triangleThe have-yachts and the have-nots

Wales TUC:

triangleWelsh Government under attack at Wales TUC conference...and museum strikers close to victory

Unions:

triangleUnions call for action after Grenfell

TUC:

triangleNSSN cancels conference to support 'Tories Out' demo

South Wales:

triangleWelsh college strike against crippling workload

Jobs:

triangleYoung workers in unions earn 20% more

Socialist Party:

triangle"Austerity hurts and the only alternative is socialism"

Socialist:

triangleYoung socialists share ideas at London meeting

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

24/6/17

Camden

Camden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

21/6/17

Grenfell Tower

Justice for Grenfell and safety for all

21/6/17

British Airways

Cabin crew calls two-week walkout over blacklisting accusations

21/6/17

Canterbury

Canterbury pride

21/6/17

Young people

Young socialists share ideas at London meeting

21/6/17

Government

Protests around the country demand: Tories out!

21/6/17

Unison

Unison conference: "A sense of change"

21/6/17

East London

Barts Trust NHS workers vote for action over pay

21/6/17

Manchester

Manchester housing maintenance dispute steps up action

21/6/17

South Wales

Welsh college strike against crippling workload

21/6/17

Grenfell Tower

Unions call for action after Grenfell

21/6/17

Grenfell Tower

Anger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

16/6/17

Grenfell Tower

Photos of Friday's demonstrations, protests and solidarity

16/6/17

London

Protest at the Queens Speech

16/6/17

Sheffield

Jobcentre strike grows in second round of action

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle24 Jun Camden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

triangle21 Jun Justice for Grenfell and safety for all

triangle21 Jun Cabin crew calls two-week walkout over blacklisting accusations

triangle21 Jun Anger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

triangle21 Jun The Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

triangle20 Jun Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

triangle20 Jun Tories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

More ...

triangle24 Jun Tamil Solidarity Day

triangle25 Jun East Midlands Socialist Party: Rebellion - Then and Now

triangle1 Jul London: Tories Out national demonstration

triangle3 Jul West Cheshire Socialist Party: Prepare for the next steps towards JC4PM

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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