Socialist Party :: Brighton Green and Labor cuts
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Excerpt from The Socialist newspaper, February 23, 2022
Brighton Bin Strike. Photo: Brighton SP (Click to enlarge)
Brighton Socialist Party
Austerity has left Brighton without vital services, a housing crisis and growing poverty as wages are slashed, with rising bills, council taxes and charges. More than £170million a year has been cut from the council’s annual budget by the Conservative central government since 2010.
Unable to resist Tory cuts, Brighton Green and Labor councils have made massive cuts to jobs and services. The Green Council are now preparing to cut another £18million.
But municipal workers and communities fought back. Moulsecombe Primary School has fought against academisation and the GMB union has secured £4million in pay rises for Brighton’s lowest paid council workers.
Although inflation is over 7%, the board reserves only 2% for compensation of board employees. The council is sitting on £39million in reserves, and that doesn’t include any assets they own or could borrow to protect and improve services.
These resources could be used to establish a legal, balanced and uncut budget and launch a mass campaign to restore public funding. Cuts, closures, increases in taxes, rents, parking fees and asset stripping must end.
We need a municipal budget to meet the needs of the city and elected officials ready to fight. And we want to build a mass campaign uniting municipal workers, their unions and our local communities to fight for the £170m stolen from Brighton by the Tory government, so we can reverse the cuts and build a socialist recovery for all .
The Socialist Party is part of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), along with transport union RMT and others, to offer an electoral alternative to the cuts-friendly political establishment.
Brighton TUSC meeting
- What do you want from the council of Brighton?
- Tuesday, February 22, 7 p.m., Phoenix Community Center, 2 Phoenix Place BN2 9ND
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