HomeBlogOwen Jones: “The choice facing our councillors is clear: face having to take responsibility for kicking people who are poor, disabled, old or young – or join together and fight back”
  • Steve Grant September 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    This has been going on for some time,councils in many areas were planning the cutting of services long before the credit crunch and dishing it out to the private sector.Its only now those councils who complain of cuts start to shout about loss of services,the same services they were happy to dispose of to claim they were saving money for the community.where is the honesty?Lets have the truth just for once instead of the same old party political agendas.

  • jed goodright September 24, 2012 at 3:09 am

    councils have to cut services in order to pay their chief executives amounts exceeding £200000 per year for cutting services – simples. you guys want to look at hereford county council – ask where the money’s gone? ask why the smallest populated county has paid its ceo the most throughout the country – to do what exactly? corruption rules in our so called democratic society – its there for all to see

  • Michael Cleverley September 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Why have Labour Councillors waited so long before starting to link up in a campaign. In Waltham Forest Trades Unions and Socialists have been opposing the cuts but Labour Councillors have mocked protesters outside the Town Hall. They have conducted a vile campaign, with the aid of Unison nationally, against Trades Union reps who have dared to speak out and have tried to restrict the right to campaign in public open spaces. In the light of all this, I applaud those few Councillors who have stood up all along, for the rest it may be too little too late. We need more than a campaign by Labour Councillors, we need a mass campaign, with Trades Unions, Community Organisations and Socialists. We already see Labour Councillors being disciplined for opposing cuts; at some point we will need new a new political party to replace the corrupted and discredited Labour Party

  • Bob Cannell September 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I’m a labor councillor veteran of the Thatcher major years.I know councils have huge management costs.Unfortunately these have to go.we can’t pay people to manage we have to pay people to provide. A council officer recently admitted to me the private sector bid for a service at 12 pounds an hour. The staff were minimum wage level.so 5 pounds an hour profit.disgraceful? The council unit cost was 26 pounds an hour! 19 pounds worth of management per hour of service provision. I’m afraid it means wholesale training and redeployment if we are to keep the private sector out. Of course the staff could run the service themselves and pay themselves better wages.would union s allow that?

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