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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2014
Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove
A pushchair protest took place in Leicester on 30 April against cuts being made by the council to children's centres. Parents affected by cuts to the centres joined members of Leicestershire Against the Cuts marching in opposition to the slashing of this service, which plays a crucial role in supporting families across Leicester.
Unison union placards decorated by kids were prominent on the march, and Unison had a marquee in the city centre where petitions were signed by many people going by. 96 jobs are under threat and Unison and the GMB union have both said they will ballot for industrial action.
The council and the executive Labour Mayor use the excuse that the government has cut the grants they get. But what angers people is that while cutting services like this and others, such as adventure playgrounds, homeless hostels and old people's homes, the council is spending tens of millions of pounds on rebuilding parts of the city centre.
As a parent said: "I'm all for the city centre being made to look nice, but what kind of priorities does the mayor have when services like this are being devastated?" Or as another protester against the adventure playgrounds/youth clubs cuts previously said: "The Mayor is all fur coat and no knickers!"
Leicestershire Against the Cuts is arguing that, if he wanted to, the Mayor could set a 'no cuts' budget using the £150 million reserves and the capital receipts from land and buildings they have sold off to keep services running, and build a mass campaign to force the government to return the money they cut.
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In The Socialist 7 May 2014:
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Join the TUSC Thunderclap
Defend the right to campaign
Why I'm standing for TUSC
Housing crisis: TUSC candidates demand socialist policies
Election appeal 2014 - £4,278 raised so far
Socialist Party feature
Prepare for almighty battles against austerity
International socialist news and analysis
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Socialist Party news and analysis
Schools - Would things get better under Labour?
Private sector rents and Labour
Care homes abuse scandals
Pfizer takeover bid
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Socialist Party workplace news
RMT forces London Underground to back down
Striking against Land Registry cuts
Care UK workers start 14 days of strike action
CWU conference - time to build Broad Left
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
We can scrap zero-hour contracts
No support for zero-hour contracts
RMT turns out in strength for May Day march
May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich
Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove
Freedom riders on a storm
Leeds protest against privatisation of student loans
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