Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/333/5628

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 February 2004

Stop These Council Cuts

Southampton

"I USE the centre because it's convenient for me and my family and friends. We're not rich, we can't afford to join posh health clubs where the fees are very high. Soon there'll be nowhere to go and the young will be back on the streets getting into all kinds of trouble."

Nick Chaffey, Save St Marys Leisure Centre Campaign

That's how a local resident felt about plans by Liberal councillors in Southampton to close St Marys Leisure Centre and cut other services whilst asking us to pay an extra 6% in council tax for the pleasure!

A recent government regeneration scheme gave 26 million public money to property developers who built private housing, hotels and a new football stadium but nothing for local leisure users.

The community, staff, trade unions and users are fighting to keep the centre open. Hundreds have signed petitions and a demo is planned for 7 February. The campaign and UNISON are organising a joint lobby of the council budget setting on 18 February.

Southampton's leisure facilities are not safe with the current parties on the council. Socialist Party members support calls for campaigners to stand local candidates who will put up a real fight to improve services.

We argue for a council budget based on the city's needs, fully funded by central government and a freeze in council tax levels.


Leicester

AROUND 300 people lobbied Leicester city council's meeting on 29 January. The Liberal/Tory ruling group's proposed 4 million cuts threaten hundreds of jobs in vital voluntary projects and direct council services.

Bethan Lloyd, worker at the Braunstone Adventure playground, says that Liberal council leader, Roger Blackmore had: "...asked us 'What does the Adventure playground do? What age groups does it take? When is it open?' Shouldn't he have asked these questions before he said he'd shut us? He's clueless about what he's cutting!"

The Liberals gained power in May after campaigning against Labour's previous cuts and rate rises, but now the council propose cuts, a 14% rate rise and widespread privatisation of parks and gardens, museums etc. One parks worker said: "They're talking about hiving us off to a 'charitable status' trust which will receive a grant from the council.

"I asked would the council be legally obliged to give that money? A couple of years down the line they could stop it, just as they're destroying the voluntary sector now as it's outside the council's 'front line' services."

All three major parties stand for cuts and ignore the long-term fundamental issue of under-funding by national government. The Socialist Party says that a deficit budget is needed - i.e. refuse to make cuts or massively increase council tax and organise a mass struggle to force the missing cash from the government.

Demo organised by "Playfair - Save our Services". Saturday 7 February, 1pm Victoria Park, Leicester. March to Town Hall square for 2.45 pm approx.)


Protest against Ealing's cuts

DESPITE OPPOSITION from the staff, unions and local community, Ealing council in west London is determined to press ahead with its programme of cuts. On 3 February there was a mass lobby of the New Labour cabinet, called to set the budget and council tax for next year.

Brian Blake, Ealing UNISON and Ealing trades council, personal capacity

This was a very angry demo, enabling ordinary workers and the people of Ealing to show the cabinet members how they really feel about their handling of the current financial crisis. (Full report next week).

The proposed increase in the council tax is estimated to be around 9%, though the government would like it to remain in the low single figures. On top of this the council is intending to increase charges in many areas. They are intending to stop delivering black bin sacks, for example, forcing people to buy their own. Many families already struggle to make ends meet and charges like this will penalise them further.

They also want to cut grants to community organisations, including the only centre providing facilities in the borough for people of Afro-Caribbean origin.

At the same time, the council is determined to push ahead with its pet scheme, "Making A World of Difference" (MAWOD) despite growing local opposition. The leader of the council, John Cudmore, was reported in the local paper this week to be getting very upset with the opposition to MAWOD. That is going to be nothing to the anger this New Labour council will face if they continue with their programme of cuts and council tax rises.

  • No to MAWOD
  • No to cuts in jobs and services
  • No to council tax rises
  • Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


    In The Socialist 7 February 2004:


    War and occupation

    No More Lies

    War Crimes and Whitewashes

    We demand a real investigation

    BBC Workers Angry At Hutton Attacks


    Socialist Party workplace news and analysis

    The Trade Unions And The Labour Party

    Trade Union Left Convention

    Civil Service Strike: Around the Picket Lines

    Strike threat forces negotiations in civil service pay battle

    Leicester Lecturers On Indefinite Strike

    Stop These Council Cuts


    International socialist news and analysis

    Brazil - Movement For A New Workers' Party Is Launched

    Venezuela: Workers Struggle Against Reaction


     

    Home   |   The Socialist 7 February 2004   |   Join the Socialist Party

    Subscribe   |   Donate  




    Related links:

    Council:

    triangleBromley library workers win strike campaign

    triangleCoventry TUSC: Council cuts - how can we fight back?

    triangleLewisham & Southwark Socialist Party: What would a socialist council look like?

    triangleVictorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

    triangleHaringey TUSC fights Blairite cuts

    Leicester:

    triangleLeicester: Blairites block Labour Party democracy

    triangleStrike continues: set dates for next national action

    triangleNational lecturers' pension strike continues

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

    Southampton:

    triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: How can society make the best use of technology?

    triangleSouthampton asks "What will you do to stop education cuts?"

    triangleSouthampton TUSC: Local election rally

    Tax:

    triangleBristol South Socialist Party: The battle that defeated the Poll Tax

    triangleCaerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: The fight against the poll tax

    Council tax:

    triangleBristol anti-cuts campaigners debate alternatives to the cuts

    Budget:

    triangleSwansea Labour council votes for cuts

    Reports and campaigns

    Reports and campaigns

    22/4/18

    Bromley

    Bromley library workers win strike campaign

    18/4/18

    UCU

    UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

    18/4/18

    Usdaw

    Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

    18/4/18

    Leeds

    Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

    18/4/18

    Hull

    Hull says no to war, no to austerity

    18/4/18

    The Socialist

    The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

    18/4/18

    Socialist Party

    Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

    18/4/18

    Fighting Fund

    Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

    18/4/18

    Scotland

    Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

    18/4/18

    Newham

    Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

    18/4/18

    PCS

    Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

    18/4/18

    PCS

    PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

    18/4/18

    Bromley

    Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

    18/4/18

    Butterfields

    Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

    13/4/18

    Cuts

    Fighting the cuts to women's services

    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


    April 2018

    March 2018

    February 2018

    January 2018

    2017

    2016

    2015

    2014

    2013

    2012

    2011

    2010

    2009

    2008

    2007

    2006

    2005

    2004

    2003

    2002

    2001

    2000

    1999