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Local services / Cuts

22 September 2014

Tax evasion spirals to over 80bn a year

The cost of tax evasion to the economy spiralled to more than 80 billion last year, according to new figures for the Public and Commercial Services union

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18 September 2014

The struggle for decent social care - a personal account

Much of the social care system has been sold off to the private sector. Ann Parkes describes her desperate struggle to gain decent care for her husband

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17 September 2014

Them & Us

Back to the future: Government austerity has resulted in spending on public services falling to the lowest share of national income since 1938, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility

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10 September 2014

Guardian story confirms councils can resist cuts

Aditya Chakrabortty's Guardian story on the efforts of Enfield council to respond to the housing crisis shows that councillors can find ways to resist austerity if they choose to.

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10 September 2014

Government spending cuts deepen prisons' crisis

Government cuts, leading to massive staff shortages, are deepening the crisis in the prison service as John Hancock of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) national executive committee, explains

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10 September 2014

North West marches for end to austerity

Hundreds of trade unionists from across the North West marched in Manchester on Saturday 6 September calling for an "End to Austerity"

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10 September 2014

Scottish referendum: A mass revolt against austerity

The 6 September YouGov survey for the Sunday Times has sent shock waves through the capitalist political establishment in Britain

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10 September 2014

Abuse: Cuts have robbed us of the time to talk to these young people

The recent horrific report on the cover up of large scale child sexual abuse in Rotherham was analysed in the last issue of the Socialist (issue 823). The week we have a powerful view written from personal experience.

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4 September 2014

Communities determined to protect remaining leisure facilities

Cardiff council is threatening massive cuts to leisure services

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3 September 2014

Rotherham: Council and police cover up abuse

There has been widespread revulsion and outrage at the findings of the report by Professor Alexis Jay into the horrendous abuse of children and young people in Rotherham, published on 26 August

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3 September 2014

Fighting Huddersfield library cuts

Socialist Party members in Huddersfield sold 24 copies of the Socialist and raised over thirty pounds for the fighting fund when campaigning against library closures last Tuesday lunchtime, writes Iain Dalton.

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3 September 2014

CWU Telecoms leaders get consent for BT pay cuts

A special CWU conference on 21-22 August agreed BT proposals for reduced pay and conditions for new staff by a three to one majority

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Campaigners lobbying Salford City Council, photo Andrew Carss

3 September 2014

Victory for disabled transport campaign

Salford City Council forced to continue transport for adults with disabilities

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1 September 2014

Council proposes worst cuts in living memory

Last week, the Labour Cabinet in Kirklees introduced a cuts package of 70 million for so-called public consultation

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Demonstration against closure of day centre in Llandeilo, Wales: Users of Noddfa Teilo Day Club in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, protest, photo Socialist Party Wales

Demonstration against closure of day centre in Llandeilo, Wales: Users of Noddfa Teilo Day Club in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, protest, photo Socialist Party Wales

20 August 2014

Welsh councils have a choice

"You can only spend them once." This was Welsh Local Government Association chief executive Steve Thomas' explanation of why Welsh councils plan to cut 7-800 million after it was revealed that they hold reserves of over 700 million

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20 August 2014

BT pay cuts: we need less surveys, more action!

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) telecoms section is once again shying away from a fight with BT and recommending cuts in pay and conditions for new staff

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20 August 2014

North West Fire Service call centre cuts catastrophe

The disastrous consequences of just one element of cuts and privatisation in the fire service recently hit the news, when a fire crew from Carlisle in Cumbria were instructed to attend an incident near Bolton in Lancashire - a 200 mile round trip

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20 August 2014

Youth services: jobs and centres slashed

The public sector union Unison has revealed that three quarters of local authorities have cut youth services

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