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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 February 2019

Leicester: cuts passed in record time - use the 100m reserves!

Fighting council cuts in Leicester, photo Leicester Socialist Party

Fighting council cuts in Leicester, photo Leicester Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Tom Barker, Leicester Socialist Party

In less than 30 minutes, Leicester's Labour city council voted through a series of massive cuts to local spending on 20 February - destroying lives in record time.

From 2010 to 2020, the city council's cuts will have totalled 62% of its budget, excluding social services.

Leicester Socialist Party helped organise a lobby of the budget-setting meeting, where we called on the council to instead use reserves and borrowing powers to launch a fightback against all cuts.

Leicester Socialist Party is contesting May's mayoral and council elections, on a platform of using the city's reserves of over 100 million to set a legal no-cuts budget.

This would buy time to build a mass movement of Leicester trade unions and residents, and put pressure on a very weak government to give us more money.

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