Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/666/11766

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 April 2011

Hands off our services

Westminster

Elizabeth O'Hara

'Save Our Children's Services Westminster' organised a lively and effective protest on 8 April against Westminster council's cuts. At 7am campaign member Finola Inger was interviewed on BBC Radio London - she criticised Westminster councillors for voting through a 20% cut to children's services whilst rejecting a proposal to cut their own expenses by 10%.

Then at 8am, BBC Radio London questioned Nicola Aiken, Westminster cabinet member for children and young people, about the cuts. She was forced to answer questions on the generous expenses councillors receive. Aiken argued that central government had made cuts, so Westminster must do the same. There was no reference to the needs of the borough's children and parents.

At 10.30am, about 50 campaign supporters, including children, gathered outside City Hall, wearing 'hands off' t-shirts and carrying banners and placards. We created a children's play area on the pavement with chalk, musical instruments and balloons. Passers-by took leaflets and signed our petition.

Our message was that we do not accept that there is no money to fund children's services in Westminster. There is still money for things like expensive consultants and executive pay.

We presented 500 petition signatures to Michael O'Connor, Director of Children's Services, as Ms Aiken herself was unavailable. Parents invited O'Connor to come and speak to the children who would be affected by the cuts Westminster plans. He declined.

Campaigners were supported at the lobby by Westminster Anti-cuts Alliance and Westminster Unison. The support for our protest shows that many Westminster residents do not agree with the cuts and want properly funded children's services in the borough. The campaign continues.

Please send protest messages to Nicola Aiken, cabinet member for children and young people, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP or to info@westminster.gov.uk, copying them to the campaign: socswestminster@gmail.com or SOCSW, 3A Lydford Road, London W9 3LU.

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


In The Socialist 13 April 2011:


Anti-cuts campaigning

NHS IN THE FIRING LINE

Vote socialist to fight the cuts

Fight the cuts by supporting TUSC

Fighting the cuts after 26 March demo

Hands off our services - Westminster

Hands off our Services - Leeds


Socialist Party editorial

Middle East and North Africa


Socialist Party feature

Con-Dems' economic policy... austerity, austerity, austerity!


Socialist Party workplace news

Jobcentre Plus call centre strike

Saltend lock-out

Unison health conference

NUJ conference calls for general strike

Striking against a Coventry academy

NSSN conference


International socialist news and analysis

Portugal:'We won't pay their debt!'

'Unions and socialism to blame for deficit' - rants Glenn Beck


Youth Fight for Jobs

Jarrow jobs march gains momentum


Socialist Party news and analysis

Coordinated strike action to defeat the cuts

Banking giants avoid punishment

No to nuclear power - nationalise the environment-unfriendly energy giants

News of the World admits it

Chauvinist 'thoughts' from David Willetts


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 April 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Westminster:

triangleWestminster sexual harassment scandal

triangleWestminster sexual harassment scandal: symptom of a rotten system

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

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

triangleCorbyn could re-win Scotland with a socialist approach to independence

Children:

triangleTragic death exposes criminal understaffing of NHS

triangleFailing academy chain strips school assets - end academisation!

triangleNews in brief

triangleOpinion: foster care is work - carers deserve workers' rights

Cuts:

triangleBradford protests against kids' service cuts

triangleVictory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

triangleLabour councillors push through savage cuts in Kirklees budget

London:

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: 120 years since the death of Eleanor Marx

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: The Refugee Rights Campaign

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

21/2/18

Strike

German engineering strike puts shorter week on agenda - but could have won more

21/2/18

Cardiff

Cardiff Refugee Rights gig success

21/2/18

Nottingham

Nottingham hospital black alert

21/2/18

East Midlands

Lively discussion at East Midlands Socialist Party conference

21/2/18

West Midlands

Tremendous determination on show at West Midlands conference

21/2/18

Wales

Successful Socialist Party Wales conference sets tone for the year ahead

21/2/18

Bradford

Bradford protests against kids' service cuts

21/2/18

May Day

May Day, May Day! Celebrate solidarity!

21/2/18

Kirklees

Labour councillors push through savage cuts in Kirklees budget

21/2/18

Salford

Save Salford nurseries!

21/2/18

Caerphilly

Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

21/2/18

Council

Northants council crisis - protesters demand an end to cuts and privatisation

21/2/18

Leicester

Leicester Uni makes Tory fee tripler David Willetts chancellor - sack Willetts!

21/2/18

UCU

Bosses divided - university pension strikes can win!

21/2/18

Mansfield

Chatsworth ward victory shows we can save our NHS

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999