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17 March 2021

Rich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers

The problem with soundbites is that people have a habit of remembering them. Like Boris Johnson promising us a 'world beating' test, track and trace system.

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17 March 2021

We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

Last March, Doncaster Council's Labour group passed a three-year council budget which included a 'budget gap' of 17.7 million

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10 March 2021

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services

Reading the headlines about Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget, some working-class people may have let out a small sigh of relief that at least the furlough scheme and the 20 increase in Universal Credit are continuing for a few more months

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5 March 2021

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling the pain on workers and public services

Sunak's 2021 budget was a budget for the bosses. The working class has no alternative but to organise and fight back.

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3 March 2021

Not a budget for the working class!

A social tsunami threatens Britain. Two million workers are already on the dole and five million more on furlough, facing an uncertain future when the scheme ends. But the Tories are intent on bailing out the rich.

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3 March 2021

Labour surrenders to Tories in Devon

Devon County Council majority Tory group has passed a budget with a 4.99% rise in the council tax. This is the maximum allowed under government rules, and is a tax that hits those on low incomes.

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3 March 2021

Public sector workers respond to the budget

"The financial outlook is volatile." This (under)statement, in Essex County Council's budget document for 2021, could be the strapline for the future of all local government services.

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24 February 2021

Liverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy

On Friday 19 February, the branch meeting of Liverpool Unite union voted to refuse to endorse any of Labour's prospective Liverpool mayoral candidates

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6 January 2021

Nottingham City Council: Major battles against cuts ahead

Nottingham's Labour Council faces a decisive choice: whether it defends services, jobs and terms and conditions, or implements major cuts.

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2 December 2020

Unions must resist return to austerity

Chancellor Sunak's spending review should be a wake-up call to the trade union leaders. Even from the capitalists' point of view there was no immediate need to impose a pay freeze on 1.5 million public sector workers.

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1 July 2020

Leeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy

The Covid-19 crisis has pushed councils up and down the country into a new financial crisis.

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24 June 2020

International aid: Johnson's pie in the sky

Boris Johnson has announced the merging of the Department for International Development into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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24 March 2020

Newham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

Back in the mists of time, on 6 March, in the days before Coronavirus was dominating everything, local residents in Newham came together to organise opposition to the budget that had just been agreed by the Labour council

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14 March 2020

Capitalist crisis and Corona: Johnson's budget for the bosses

The measures announced by the Tories, in the budget and subsequently, are utterly insufficient to limit the spread of Covid-19.

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11 March 2020

Swansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story

Ask any Swansea resident about the state of social care, education and refuse collection and they will tell you the real story, writes Gareth Bromhall, acting secretary of Swansea Trade Union Council.

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11 March 2020

Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Plaid Cymru councillors voting for the cuts had to walk the 'walk of shame' past us to get into the council meeting, writes Mark Evans, Carmarthenshire County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).

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11 March 2020

Salford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises

Salford council has cut 211 million from spending since 2010, writes Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party national committee.

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26 February 2020

Stop the council cuts

150-200 angry council workers met outside Stoke Town Hall on 19 February to protest against cuts that will leave some workers 5,000 a year worse off.

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26 February 2020

Leicester: We can't take any more cuts, any more misery, and we are fighting back

In one of the poorest cities in the country, the cuts will disproportionately affect those on low incomes, particularly women and the disabled - as stated in the council's own budget report!

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26 February 2020

Students and workers out together on Budget Day, 11 March

Socialist Students is backing protests against the Tory budget on 11 March

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