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9 March 2016

Campaigns round-up

Defending the Calmore Sure Start centre in Southampton, and lobbying Waltham Forest's pro-cuts Labour council in east London.

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9 March 2016

Glasgow council use scare tactics under pressure to fight cuts

Mass pressure is building on Glasgow Labour, who face a choice on 10 March on whether to implement 133 million of cuts. Trade unions are preparing for widespread industrial action and a mass mobilisation of communities against the cuts.

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1 March 2016

Labour rush to cut, with Tory support

No cuts need to be made this year in Warrington, as alternative budget proposals from TUSC councillor Kevin Bennett proved

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29 February 2016

Swansea: youth orchestra joins protest against cuts

Trade unionists, including representatives of Swansea Trades Council and council workers, took part in the lobby but by far the biggest contingent was of teachers, pupils and supporters of West Glamorgan Youth Music Service, who are facing devastating cuts in funding.

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24 February 2016

Leeds Labour 'anti-austerity' meeting: jam tomorrow

Leeds Labour Party's "Fighting Austerity, Investment Not Cuts" meeting on 18 February seemed quite positive. Until the question of 'people's budgets' came out.

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24 February 2016

Cumbria cuts - the grim reaper

The recent decision by Labour Cumbria county councillors to carry out 25 million cuts to vital public services, particularly social care, will result in more unnecessary deaths in Cumbria.

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24 February 2016

Gateshead: reprieve for respite centre

Cabinet papers show that, following protests, Gateshead's council is to back down over the closure of Grove House - a respite centre for children and a respite and day centre for adults, all with serious disabilities.

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24 February 2016

Leeds sets up people's budget campaign

Anti-cuts activists have established the Leeds People's Budget Campaign to present a no-cuts amendment to next year's council budget.

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24 February 2016

Tower Hamlets to take anti-cuts fight into the council chamber

Tower Hamlets Independent Group councillors will move an amendment to the east London borough's cuts budget on 24 February.

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16 February 2016

No-cuts People's Budget conference

Participants discussed a legal no-cuts budget

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9 February 2016

Labour right wing blocks call to debate budget cuts

Southampton Labour council will this week propose the largest cuts to jobs and services since it took office in 2011

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3 February 2016


Renter's rant: Beth Sutcliffe is spot on when she comments on the conditions private sector tenants have to live in.

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29 January 2016

Suspended councillor invited to help draw up no-cuts budget

Haringey Labour group suspended a councillor for voting against cuts

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29 January 2016

No-cuts petition to Lewisham council

Socialist Party members in Lewisham, south London, have successfully argued for the local Momentum group to register a no-cuts budget petition with the council.

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27 January 2016

'People's budgets' and local democracy

Socialist Party members argued for East London Momentum to support no-cuts 'people's budget' proposals, as well as establishing mechanisms for democratic reselection of MPs. This latter point was taken up without disagreement.

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27 January 2016

Labour councillor smears TUSC policy as 'BNP'

A right-wing Labour councillor in Tower Hamlets, east London, has accused anti-austerity activists of emulating the far-right, racist British National Party.

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20 January 2016

Preparing a no-cuts people's budget

The new TUSC briefing pack on preparing a 'people's budget' is unquestionably the most important document available for all those who genuinely wish to fight against local government cuts

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20 January 2016

Letters to the Socialist

Cologne sex attacks show need to fight sexism and racism: An article in the last Socialist responded to the mass and seemingly coordinated sexual assaults on women in Cologne

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18 January 2016

People's Budget meeting success

A buzzing meeting voted to oppose cuts to council services

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13 January 2016

Southampton people's budget meeting

On Saturday 9 January Southampton Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition held a public meeting to support a council budget that meets the genuine needs of the people who live and work in the city.

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