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Local services / Cuts

19 October 2016

TUSC discusses new tasks after Corbyn victory

TUSC's first steering committee since Jeremy Corbyn's decisive re-election victory agreed to make a new appeal to Labour councillors to join the resistance to the Tories' austerity

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19 October 2016

NHS at breaking Point

What's the Tory answer to the NHS crisis? More cuts! Theresa May says there'll be no additional NHS funding and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is demanding 22 billion in 'efficiency savings' (ie cuts)

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19 October 2016

NHS cancer and dementia drugs 'unaffordable'

Nationalise the drugs companies! The unrestrained profiteering of drugs companies means the NHS could start rejecting groundbreaking treatments for cancer and dementia as "unaffordable".

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19 October 2016

Elderly care at crisis point

Councils and unions must combat the cuts: Over the past six years, the number of care homes has fallen by 1,500 to 16,600. Home care providers are not renewing council contracts. The number of elderly people receiving social care from their local council declined by a staggering 26% between 2010 and 2015.

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19 October 2016

Newsquest strike: Bosses realise 'contraints' of scab labour

National Union of Journalists members at local daily papers published by Newsquest in the south of England have taken five days of industrial action against the company, beginning on 13 October. The source of the dispute is cuts to staffing, which have already prompted seven reporters to resign.

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19 October 2016

Cheshire and Merseyside: Huge NHS cuts and privatisation planned

Huge cuts to hospitals and healthcare across Cheshire and Merseyside are in the pipeline, proposed in the very secretive 'Sustainability and Transformation Plan'.

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19 October 2016

Bristol: Millions of pounds of "horrifically unpalatable" cuts

Bristol is facing massive attacks on its jobs and services, under a rapidly capitulating newly elected Labour mayor, Marvin Rees. The mayor, when challenged on television that he was elected on an anti-austerity platform, surprised the interviewer by saying "no".

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19 October 2016

Teaching assistant pledges ongoing fight against pay cuts

Durham City Council is proposing to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then rehire them on 23% less pay

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12 October 2016

Fight to save care homes in Carlisle

Cumbria County Council is planning to close three care homes and replace them with another building which only has 60 beds instead of the current 117. Another four homes will be closed in West Cumbria. Only those suffering from dementia and the most complex needs will get a place. But what about respite care? What about family carers?

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12 October 2016

Bradford day centre campaigners meet to fight closure

"This is about the council trying to move the poor out of the city centre to create an image of prosperity and recovery in Bradford. But it's an illusion, the council are trying to make us believe that poverty doesn't exist here".

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12 October 2016

Lambeth working class demo against cuts and gentrification

Working class campaigners glitter-bombed council steps and marched against Blairite gentrification and austerity in Lambeth, south London, on 8 October.

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12 October 2016

Attack on young people's health and social care: urgent fightback needed

Youth mental health crisis: unions must strike to fight cuts: Record numbers of children are ringing helpline Childline with suicidal thoughts.

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12 October 2016

Suicidal phone calls: fight to reverse tax credit cuts

Concentrix, a private US firm used by HM Revenue and Customs to cut tax credit payments, has been receiving suicidal calls from claimants - as a result of losing their payments thrusting them deeper into poverty.

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7 October 2016

Lobby to keep vital day centre funding

Sheffield Mental Health Action Group faces withdrawal of its council funding

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5 October 2016

Corbyn's praise for Cardiff Labour is mistaken

Corbyn needs allies to take on the Tories and big business, but he's making a big mistake if he thinks he can count on most Labour councillors. At Labour Party conference he applauded Cardiff's Labour-run council for not outsourcing Cardiff Bus. But it was less than a year ago Cardiff Bus workers forced to into prolonged strike action against poverty pay.

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5 October 2016

Protests against children's centre closures in Bolton

A series of protests have been taking place outside children's centres in Bolton, 13 of which are threatened with closure by the Labour-controlled council.

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5 October 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Virgin Trains strike; Ritzy cinema strike; Newsquest journalists' strike.

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5 October 2016

London Met strike against job cuts and victimisation

UCU members at London Metropolitan University took strike action on 29 September over job cuts, attacks on conditions and the victimisation of union reps.

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