Hackney Alliance “Stop the Cuts!” Public Meeting great success!

The Public Meeting at the Round Chapel was a great success, with 150 attending and over £300 raised. A full report and photos will appear here shortly.

100 cuts already known by 18th August 2010 .. 100 days after the coalition took over

http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/2010/08/100-days-of-coalition-and-over-100-unfair-cuts/

including cuts in playgrounds, free school meals and school swimming. making the children pay.

Save CLR James name on the new Dalston Library .. sign the petition

http://hackneyunison.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/save-clr-james-library/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveclrjameslibrary/

“We the undersigned demand that any new library built as part of the new Dalston Square Development as a replacement for the current CLR James Library retains the name CLR James Library. We believe that the current name should stand as a tribute to the great writer and historian, and also as recognition of the literary contribution of Hackney’s African Caribbean community.”

KAMU HİZMETLERİNİ SAVUNMAK İÇİN HACKNEY İTTİFAKI (Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services) Bulten #1 Agustos/Eylul https://hackneyalliance.wordpress.com/turkiye-turkish/

Turkish translation of first No Cuts Bulletin

KAMU HİZMETLERİNİ SAVUNMAK İÇİN HACKNEY İTTİFAKI (Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services)

Bulten #1 Agustos/Eylul https://hackneyalliance.wordpress.com/turkiye-turkish/

PCS show alternative to spending cuts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/13/alternative-public-spending-cuts

Since before the election, David Cameron has been telling us “we’re all in this together”, while George Osborne told us his emergency budget was “progressive”. This rhetoric has now been exposed – the budget was regressive, it cut £11bn from welfare and gave £24bn in corporate tax breaks.

But the biggest lie has yet to be fully revealed: the belief that unprecedented cuts are necessary – a consensus that spread across the political parties before the last election and is echoed daily in the media. This barrage of cuts propaganda has disabled any critical thought. Cuts, large scale public sector cuts, have become the accepted wisdom of our age. But this is not wisdom, it is dogma.

That’s why we have today published a new pamphlet “There is an alternative: the case against cuts in public spending“. In it we show that there does not need to be a single penny taken away from a single public service, or a single job lost.

It is essential we expose the fraudulent argument that the economy will collapse unless public services suffer hundreds of thousands of job cuts, pensions are slashed and pay frozen. In fact, the opposite is true and there is a growing recognition of that among even establishment economists: attacking the public sector is more likely to cause a double-dip recession than to reduce the deficit.

If, as Osborne plans, we sack 600,000 public servants in the coming years that is 600,000 people with no income, on benefits – since few jobs are being created. They will spend less in the economy, which combined with cutting public capital spending, will have a knock-on effect in the private sector. Cutting 600,000 public sector jobs will lead to 700,000 private sector job losses. We know this, because the document telling Osborne this from his own Office for Budget Responsibility was leaked to this newspaper at the end of June.

The only solution to a crisis of stagnant growth and mass unemployment is to create jobs, not to cut them. There are several areas where public sector jobs urgently need to be created.

Today there are 1.8 million families (representing over 5 million people) on council house waiting lists. There is an urgent need to build affordable housing for these people, which would also help reduce housing benefit payments by reducing the need to subsidise overcharging rich private landlords. Cancelling the school building programme will also cost thousands of jobs in the construction industry and leave tens of thousands of children with substandard facilities.

It has been estimated that over a million “climate jobs” could be created in areas like housing, renewable energy and public transport investment including high speed rail, bus networks and electric car manufacture.

Osborne and Cameron must know the effect their policies will have. They could look to Ireland to see the disastrous impact of austerity measures in this situation. The only conclusion is that this cuts programme is ideological.

But public services cuts also undermine attempts to cut the deficit in another way. As we have seen in the last week, job cuts in HM Revenue & Customs have led to serious errors and, which has gone largely unreported, record levels of uncollected tax, too – £26bn in the last year. This has left the HMRC under-resourced to even start to address the estimated £70bn lost through tax evasion each year. Worse still, Osborne has slashed 20% of staff from HMRC high-net worth unit, those staff tasked with collecting tax from the super-rich – those who go out of their way to avoid and evade tax.

This coalition government is hell-bent on cuts, because it is ideologically opposed to the collective security of public services and the welfare state, the remnants of the post-war consensus, which have been systematically attacked for the last 30 years.

My union represents workers in both the public and private sector, and they know the real division is not public versus private but haves and have-nots. As trade union members from across all sectors of society and industry gather in Manchester this week there will be unity, because we know who the enemy is – not other workers, but this government of the super-rich, by the super-rich and for the super-rich.

Government cuts to hit poor more than rich!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/10/coalition-cuts-poor-tuc

The coalition’s spending cuts will hit the poorest in society 10 times harder than the richest as the health, social and education services they rely on are slashed, an extensive new study for the Trades Union Congress has found. The TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, says the research proves that the Conservatives are breaching their election promise to introduce cuts fairly.

Lone parents and pensioners will suffer the most from the public spending cuts, the study finds, with everyone but the top 10% of earners losing more from cuts than from tax and benefit changes. Barber told the Guardian that the study, which will be unveiled on Monday as the TUC meets for its annual conference in Manchester, proved that the Conservatives had betrayed their election promises to protect frontline services and ensure any cuts are fair.

“It’s a real threat to social cohesion,” Barber said. “Public services are a part of the glue that holds society together. This mantra that the Tories followed, ‘we’re all in this together’ – public services are a part of being a shared community. When you start weakening the seams you threaten the fabric of society.”

The TUC intervention comes as the coalition leadership struggles to contain a row over the announcement by the chancellor, George Osborne, of £4bn in welfare cuts and amid warnings from the Police Federation that 40,000 frontline police jobs are at risk if they go ahead with the cuts suggested. The Treasury is now at the height of the negotiations with ministers over the next public spending round, with departments jockeying to protect their budgets from the worst-case 40% cuts.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg must also face their parties at the forthcoming party conferences to justify the government’s decisions and maintain unity across the coalition. That will be tested on Monday when Osborne will be called to the Commons to answer an urgent question from Bob Russell, a Liberal Democrat who objected to Osborne’s assertion that he would reduce the number of people who claim welfare benefits as a “lifestyle choice”. Russell, the MP for Colchester, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Yes, let’s deal with the welfare cheats. But the notion that they are responsible for all the ills of the nation is in fact a smokescreen and it’s not very ethical.”

The research predicts the impact of the cuts across the country using publicly available data profiling the services people use, from healthcare to education and transport, and the planned cuts. It shows the profound effect the deficit reduction plans will have on families and lone parents in particular.

Excluding benefit cuts, single people will lose the equivalent, on average, of £817 a year in services, while a couple with no children will lose £1,012 and a single pensioner £1,017. A lone parent, meanwhile, will lose £1,880.

Osborne promised at the time of the budget in June that his plans would be fair and hit the richest hardest. In the dying days of the election campaign, Cameron also guaranteed that the cuts agenda would not affect frontline services.

Barber said that Liberal Democrats had fundamentally changed their position on the economy to secure a place in the coalition, but he also questioned the Conservatives’ mandate. “Have they got a mandate? Not with a proportion of thirtysomething per cent of the votes. I don’t think there was a clear mandate for savage cuts of the sort we’re going to see.

“One of the key things they said was that their intention was to make the necessary changes to reduce the deficit, but in a way that would be fair, would protect the most vulnerable, and so on. Yet what is already clear … from the cuts that have already been decided on [is that] the impact is overwhelmingly on people at the bottom. This piece of work will demonstrate that. That will be magnified dramatically when we see an even bigger programme of cuts with the comprehensive spending review. On that absolutely core issue they will be absolutely in breach of what they committed to when they were campaigning in the election.”

The TUC will launch a campaign next week to convince the public that the spending cuts are excessive and unwarranted, but Barber said it would not be calling immediately for a general strike. “There is potential for real disputes. We’ve got this whole cocktail of issues coming together: a pay freeze, potentially significant job losses … privatisation and restructuring.

“All of that adds up to a hell of an agenda of issues that could give rise to pretty difficult disputes, of course it could, but this campaign is about mobilising opinion and popular support across the community as a whole. It’s a campaign to try to win political support and make people realise that although at the moment there seems to be public support there won’t be that public support once the reality dawns of what it actually means.”

Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services Public Meeting – Round Chapel Lower Clapton Road – 7.30pm Thursday 23rd September

Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services Public Meeting – Round Chapel Lower Clapton Road – 7.30pm Thursday 23rd September – with Matt Wrack (local resident and President FBU) and Michael Rosen (local resident, poet and writer) and lots of local campaigners speaking from the platform and floor plus stalls etc – We as a local community face an unprecdented attack on our public services – We are saying no to – Housing benefit being slashed l Local schools under attack l Every firefighter in London to be sacked and rehired on worse conditions l Health services to be privatised l Thousands of public sector workers to be cut l £80m council cuts –
Come and support the Hackney Alliance – Meet others who want to do something – and take away the new issue of our anti-cuts Bulletin to distribute where you love and/or work. Together we can win! https://hackneyalliance.wordpress.com/

if you or your group wants a free stall contact HATDPS asap