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New council cuts will hit the poorest

Issue No. 2391

A new wave of council spending cuts is set to hit the poorest areas the hardest.

Councils in the ten most deprived areas of England face average budget cuts of 25 percent this year. The figure for the ten least deprived areas is 2.5 percent.

Wolverhampton council plans a devastating 2,000 job losses.

In total the cuts will slash another 860,000 public sector jobs by 2018, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. This is on top of the 240,000 that have gone since 2010. 

Council cuts will hit everything from children’s services and sheltered housing to mobile libraries. But people are fighting back.

Delegations from the Unite, Unison and GMB unions joined anti-cuts campaigners to protest against a £37 million cuts package in Edinburgh last week. 

Anti-cuts activists marched in Oxford last Saturday, while young people rallied to defend youth workers’ jobs in Stafford.

 Birmingham council, Britain’s biggest local authority is set to slash 1,000 jobs over the next year.

The council ran a series of public consultation meetings about the cuts in December and January. 

One Longbridge resident attacked privatisation, saying companies were “ripping people off to make a profit.”

Another resident in Erdington said, “We need a united campaign against cuts everywhere—not to divide and share out the misery.”

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Tue 18 Feb 2014, 16:43 GMT
Issue No. 2391
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