Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/12979
Posted on 13 October 2011 at 10:15 GMT
Greenwich Unite criticises privatisation of welfare services
Child poverty set to soar, unemployment up - but council wants to privatise Welfare Rights Service
In light of recent figures on unemployment and child poverty, Greenwich Unite has slammed Greenwich council for failing to reconsider the decision to privatise and effectively kill off the Welfare Rights Service.
The Welfare Rights Service raises millions each year for working families trapped in low pay, pensioners, carers and the disabled as well as the unemployed.
According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies the number of children living in poverty will rise by 600,000 to £2.8 million by 2012-13.
This comes at the same time as rising unemployment, with the worst youth unemployment figures for 20 years. There are more people looking for jobs than there are jobs in existence in Greenwich.
Greenwich Unite branch secretary Onay Kasab stated: "What these figures show is that now more than ever the Welfare Rights Service is vital.
"If the Greenwich Labour Party is to stick with its election pledge to fight for economic prosperity across the borough, it cannot do so by killing off this service.
"Without the service millions of pounds in Tax Credits and other benefits will go unclaimed in Greenwich".
From a Greenwich Unite press release
For further information call Onay Kasab on 07958 911662
Donate to the Socialist Party
Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 079 8202 1969
East Mids: 077 3797 8057
London: 075 4018 9052
North East: 078 4114 4890
North West 079 5437 6096
South West: 077 5979 6478
Southern: 078 3368 1910
Wales: 079 3539 1947
West Mids: 024 7655 5620
Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041