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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021

Councils to make workers pay, again

TUSC stands 100% against cuts and council tax increases. Photo: Paul Mattsson

TUSC stands 100% against cuts and council tax increases. Photo: Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Sam Morden, South Tyne and Wear Socialist Party

Two-thirds of councils in England which responded to a BBC survey said they were considering a rise in council tax to help fund services. This comes at a time when National Insurance is also set to increase to help pay for the government's 'plan' for health and social care, with the bulk of the money going initially to the NHS.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has calculated that a 2.8% rise (one of the most likely outcomes) would add, on average, about £40 to household bills from next April. This together with National Insurance increases would hugely impact working-class families, especially those on precarious contracts and low wages.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which the Socialist Party is part of, has carried out a survey of Labour councils in England, Scotland and Wales. It shows that they hold £15.32 billion in General Fund reserves, £2.07 billion in Housing Revenue Account reserves, and £2.59 billion useable Capital Receipts reserves, not including the borrowing powers councils can use to add to their spending power.

Why then do they plan to raise taxes on workers? We say: use all the powers at your disposal to defend our communities. Take the fight to the weak, crisis-ridden Johnson government to demand the money!

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In The Socialist 15 December 2021:


News

Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis

Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety

Councils to make workers pay, again

Assange faces extradition

Global inequality grows


What we think

Split Tories and spineless Starmer


End of the USSR

The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism


LGBTQ+ rights

Stonewall attacked by the establishment


Workplace news

Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead

Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise

Support tube workers fighting back

South Wales Stagecoach victory

Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail

London colleges victory

Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut

Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action

Uni support staff strike ballot

Tesco strike action latest

Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise

Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds


International news

Sudan: End military rule and poverty


Campaigns

Nana's eviction: Community vs heartless Labour council

London solidarity protest: Rio Tinto out of Serbia

Save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Why we joined the Socialist Party

Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe

Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds


Readers' opinion

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer


Quiz 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021


 

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