Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/950/25530

From The Socialist newspaper, 24 May 2017

Labour council's threat to children's care centre

Fight for legal no-cuts budgets

Parents confront Salford's Labour councillors photo Becci Heagney

Parents confront Salford's Labour councillors photo Becci Heagney   (Click to enlarge)

Paul Gerrard, Chair, Salford Against the Cuts

The campaign is on to save the Grange, the only residential home for disabled children in Salford. Parents of children in the home have petitioned and lobbied the council, and have now called a protest meeting for 27 May.

Four years ago there was another battle over the Grange. At the time it was a valued respite centre for disabled children, and the Labour council wanted to transfer the children to an adult facility.

The council argued at the time that several disabled children were being treated in expensive private facilities outside Salford and that bringing them back into the city would be beneficial.

Parents in the 'Save the Grange' campaign, with the full support of the Salford branch of public service union Unison, and the 'Salford Against the Cuts' campaign, argued to keep the facility as it was. However the then Mayor, Ian Stewart, bulldozed the decision through, disparaging parents as a 'rent-a-crowd'!

Now, four years later, the council is standing on its head and saying the children currently in the Grange will have to go into expensive private provision, most probably outside Salford. The number of children currently in the home is small, but there is demand from parents to place their children there.

The new mayor, Paul Dennett, is a declared supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. Despite this, the council under his leadership has passed on 16 million of Tory cuts in the latest budget. But he is clearly reluctant to make this particular cut, estimated to save 300,000.

Parents, Unison and Salford Against the Cuts lobbied the council at the budget meeting in February, and new facts came to light. Paul Dennett promised to look at the issue again.

At the 2017 May Day rally, parents again lobbied the mayor - and MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, one of the few Labour MPs who has consistently supported Jeremy Corbyn.

Greater Manchester metro-mayor Andy Burnham even had a photo opportunity with Grange parents as part of his election campaign. He said that "to move children out of the borough is unacceptable."

Now, however, there is to be a 'consultation' on closure.

While recognising the strength of his commitment to opposing Tory-imposed austerity, we are disappointed that Jeremy Corbyn hasn't taken a firmer line against local government cuts by Labour councils.

The Socialist Party has argued for legal no-cuts budgets, and a joint campaign by Labour councils and trade unions to win back resources. Salford City Council - like other Labour councils - has wrongly chosen a different road.

Socialist Party members hope to see Corbyn enter 10 Downing Street on 9 June. Yet his promise to deliver for the most vulnerable is undermined when Labour councils cut vital services for those very people.

Labour must oppose austerity in all its forms. We call on Paul Dennett and Salford City Council not to close the Grange.

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


In The Socialist 24 May 2017:


What we think

Manchester bombing: unite against terror, war and racism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Corbyn in - Tories out

Corbyn's pledge: free education - May's plan: hike fees

May's 'dementia tax' wobble vs Corbyn's extra funds

Theresa 'Lunch Snatcher' May vs Jeremy 'free meals' Corbyn

Work doesn't pay: Tory policies have meant another wages cut

Tory oil spoils v poisonous air

Single market = TTIP


Corbyn and Brexit

Corbyn and Brexit: Why a socialist approach to the EU is the only way forward


Bias in the bosses' media

The media, May and the general election


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Wave after wave: 5,000 at 'rock festival' Corbyn rally in Hull

Things are changing: 20,000 sing for Corbyn at Wirral rock festival!

Socialist Students call on chicken May to debate Corbyn

Blairite warmonger misses chance to fight on Corbyn's popular policies

March of 5,000 against Tory plans to cut 1,000 Bristol teachers

Labour council's threat to children's care centre

Newcastle: fresh faces and the fight in Labour


Workplace news and analysis

Argos: aggressive bosses met by determined strike

Human rights workers strike in support of sacked union members

Window workers walk out after seeing through contract changes

Third strike against driver-only operated trains suspended but dispute continues

Manchester: housing maintenance workers plan strikes every week

PCS DWP conference 2017

Workplace news in brief

National Shop Stewards Network conference


International socialist news and analysis

Trump regime faces deepening crisis

International news in brief


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

Gentrification, class and race in Brixton film

Capitalist journal's warning to the bosses: Marx was right, watch out!

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 24 May 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Salford:

triangleTommy Robinson BBC demo: socialist fightback needed to undermine far right

trianglePeterloo: "If the people were to rise and smite their enemies, was not this the time?" Samuel Bamford, demonstrator

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Matt's Pub Quiz

triangleSalford Socialist Party Christmas social

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Blacklisting

Labour:

triangleObituary Joan Beale - Labour women's activist and Militant supporter

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: What's behind Labour's splits?

triangleOver 2.5 million students emptied the classrooms on International Women's Day - 8th March - in the Spanish state, called out by Libres y Combativas. photo by LyC

Council:

triangleSouthampton: Socialist stand against cuts

triangleBreaking news: Birmingham bin workers' strike suspended pending new deal

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Children:

triangleSurrey: save our children's centres

triangleScrap the Tories' Universal Credit now!

Cuts:

triangleThem & Us

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

3/4/19

Hackney

Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: The Winter of Discontent

27/3/19

Hackney

Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Reform or Revolution

13/3/19

Hull

Memorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

13/3/19

Racism

No to racism - Fight for socialism

13/3/19

Southampton

Southampton: Socialist stand against cuts

13/3/19

PCS

PCS union elections: Huge support for Chris Baugh

13/3/19

Climate change

For socialist change, not climate change!

13/3/19

Union

Workplace news in brief

13/3/19

Birmingham

Breaking news: Birmingham bin workers' strike suspended pending new deal

13/3/19

Workers

Newark NSK strike: "Even Victorian workers got a day off each week. We're expected to have just one weekend off every three weeks"

12/3/19

Women

Protests say stop cuts to save domestic violence services

9/3/19

Hospital

Liverpool Women's Hospital

7/3/19

Tamil Solidarity

A Tamil Solidarity statement

6/3/19

Climate change

Wildfires hit Europe - build for 15 March student climate strikes

6/3/19

Southampton

Southampton: Fight council cuts

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: 0784 114 4890

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


March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999