Branch Secretary :

Councils should set 'no cuts' budgets

Lobby Enfield Council to stop Tory cuts Wednesday 27th February


Our members jobs are threatened by local authority jobs and the cuts have a drastic effect on services including homelessness and housing support services. Unite local authority workers have a long standing call for Labour councils to refuse to pass on these destructive Tory cuts.



That is why it is significant for us that Enfield North Labour Party have adopted a policy calling for a 'no cuts' budget balanced by using reserves.  Our branch has supported this stand and Unite local authority workers in London have supported Enfield North Labour's position and call for support for the lobby.


Central government should restore funding


The call is for the council to pass a no-cuts budget, making use of reserves and borrowing powers. Meanwhile, the council should demand that central government immediately restore funding to at least pre-austerity 2010 levels.


The north London borough council is preparing a further £18 million worth of Tory cuts to jobs and services, on top of £178 million of cuts since 2010.


The chair of Unite's regional industrial sector committee (Risc) Danny Hoggan, stated: "Our Risc wholeheartedly supports the position of Enfield North. The only way to defend local government services is to take the road taken by Enfield North Labour Party.



"We call on all those who want to fight cuts to join with this struggle. The consequences of not doing so are dire. This is about vital services, it's about the future of local government.


"We call for a campaign, uniting anti-cuts councillors with trade unions, service users and communities, to demand much-needed funding for our services.


"We could spread the campaign to other Labour councils, which in turn would give us the best opportunity to get rid of this Tory government who have spread such misery across the country."


Join the lobby


Protest at budget setting meeting from 5.30pm Wednesday 27th February, Enfield Civic Centre, Silver Street, EN1 3ES


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