This Thursday (12/12/13), Sunderland City Council’s Labour Group meets to start its work on the budget reductions for 2014/15. Sunderland People’s Assembly starts its campaign to stop these cuts today!
The cuts that will be demanded of local government over the next 2 years will be “the end of local government as we know it.” says Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council. Sir Merrick Cockell, Tory Chairman of the Local Government Association, reveals that the latest round of budget cuts would lead to some councils going bankrupt.
But what do the proposed cuts mean in human terms?
• Misery for the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost or are losing their jobs. • Anguish for the elderly, children and their carers, the poor, the undernourished, the educationally deprived who will lose the right to a dignified life. • The loss of democratically accountable services run for the public good to private institutions overwhelmingly motivated by profit-making.
We believe that what the government is doing to our communities is immoral. But we cannot denounce their actions without doing our utmost to stop them.
All Sunderland People’s Assembly supporters should email their Councillors now: http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/committees/cmis5/Search/Searchforyourcouncillorward.aspx