Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 March 2007

Lambeth demo against cuts

Andy Tullis, Lambeth

Lambeth Councils ruling Labour Group were forced into a retreat over its plans to for services to vulnerable adults last Wednesday when a demonstration nearly 500 strong marched through Brixton and descended on Lambeth Town Hall.

This remarkable demonstration, the biggest Lambeth has seen for years, was called by the SOS campaign, an alliance of Voluntary Sector organisations, service users and community groups. The demonstration itself was made up of many disabled service users, elderly services users and their carers alongside voluntary sector workers and local Trade unions.

After a very vocal and lively spell of chanting "Save Our Services"on the Town Hall steps, to the cheers and applause of many passers by and motorists, Council officials threw open the doors to the assembly rooms for all those unable to get into a packed public gallery, the crowd were able to watch the full Council meeting on the big screen via a live audio-visual link up..

A deputation from the SOS campaign made a moving address to the Council meeting imploring the council to rethink its shameful proposals. Proposals that include 700,000 worth of funding cuts to the voluntary sector, increases in home care charges from 7.55 an hour to 17.50, a huge raft of new charges for previously free services, and the raising of the councils 'eligibility criteria' to 'Critical' (meaning that only those adults in the most imminent and dire need even qualify to receive a service).

Local Socialist party members and UNISON activists were invited to address the crowd, we lambasted the council and the hypocrisy and opportunism of the Lib-Dem/Tory opposition. We reminded them the previous Lib-Dem/Tory coalition that run Lambeth closed Day Centres, made Care Workers redundant and reduced services for vulnerable adults, to wild applause from the crowd in the assembly room and much to the embarrassment of Liberal-Democrat and Tory councillors smarming around everyone crying crocodile tears.

When Labour leader Steve Reed refused to come and address us in person a section of the crowd attempted to storm the council chamber, the Labour group were so startled by the whole thing they agreed to postpone a decision on increasing service charges and extend the consultation period, although a partial victory for the SOS campaign cuts to the voluntary sector were voted through as part of the councils overall budget.

By extending consultation on some of its proposals the Labour group are undoubtedly just playing for time, they are inviting campaign leaders to join them in asking central government for more money. Certainly council budgets have been under-funded for years leading to constant crises as need for statutory services increase, but for Labour councillors pleading with Blair's government will remain just that. None of them have the stomach to stand up to central government like the socialist councillors of the 80's in Lambeth and Liverpool who refused to make cuts, and instead set "needs budgets". In light of the levels of poverty in Lambeth and the recent increase in gun crime amongst local youth implementation of a "needs budget" is more urgent than ever

The Socialist Party in Lambeth calls for

1. Support the SOS campaign: Save Our Services. Keep up the pressure on Lambeth Council. Link up the campaigns.

2. A mass demonstration and lobby of parliament to demand proper funding for local services from central government.

3. A "Needs Budgets" for adult and youth services, worked out by community organisations and local trade unions.

4. A New Workers Party: Elect our own socialist representatives who will refuse to make cuts, who will fight for the millions not the millionaire

5. Trade unions break with Labour, stop funding the Labour Party that are viciously attacking public services, pensions and jobs and fund candidates that support union policy .

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

In The Socialist 8 March 2007:

Brown\'s pay cut insult

International Socialist Resistance

Young workers: Fight for your rights!

Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: First priority - a national demonstration

No divide and rule - save these hospitals

Socialist Party campaigns

Fury in Camden

They are all the same - even the Greens!

Lambeth demo against cuts

Lambeth Students and Community unite

Kirklees - save our nurseries


Secondary education becoming a lottery

Socialist Party review

What\'s Left? - not Nick Cohen!

International Women's Day

International Women\'s Day

Socialist Party campaigns

Socialist Party congress report (2)

International socialist news and analysis

Egypt: Strikewave shakes regime and state-run unions

Scotland - Solidarity conference

Workplace news and analysis

United action needed to defend Airbus jobs

Council workers ballot for city-wide strike

Uniting the battle against cuts and privatisation

A crucial time for Royal Mail pensions


Home   |   The Socialist 8 March 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Role of a Marxist in the workplace

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: The situation in Catalonia

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Venezuela - the imperialist offensive sharpens

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Women's liberation and the struggle for socialism

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: USA - Fighting Trump and the struggle for a socialist alternative

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Lecturers strike around country in defence of pensions



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



Cardiff Refugee Rights gig success



Nottingham hospital black alert


East Midlands

Lively discussion at East Midlands Socialist Party conference


West Midlands

Tremendous determination on show at West Midlands conference



Successful Socialist Party Wales conference sets tone for the year ahead



Bradford protests against kids' service cuts


May Day

May Day, May Day! Celebrate solidarity!



Labour councillors push through savage cuts in Kirklees budget



Save Salford nurseries!



Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved



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



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



Bosses divided - university pension strikes can win!

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



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: 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



Alphabetical listing

February 2018

January 2018