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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 June 2012
Campaigning for EMA and youth services
Recently complaints have been made to local police about young people hanging around outside shops on King Street, Kidsgrove, near Stoke. This can be intimidating for local residents and groups have been dispersed by the police.
However, while this may solve the immediate issue, it does not tackle the root causes of the problem. Take a look at local employment figures, youth facilities or an evening bus timetable and it's clear how little meaningful activity is on offer for the young.
Youth unemployment in the last year has increased across Newcastle-Under-Lyme by a staggering 13% and those with jobs are often forced to take fewer hours than they want or jobs for which they are hugely overqualified.
The government's solution to this? Unpaid or poorly paid 'apprenticeships' in shop work etc which offer no guarantees of a job afterwards and very little in the way of directed learning.
The government scrapping of EMA student payments has meant local youth struggle to find money for the travel, equipment and food they need to continue in education after 16 - 500 fewer young people enrolled at Stoke-on-Trent college this year.
So the Socialist Party has launched a petition calling on our local councillors to fight for Newcastle-Under-Lyme council to restore EMA to give our young people a better chance and to improve youth services in Kidsgrove to help give youth a meaningful role in our society.
If you live in the area and want petitions to use or to find out more about our campaign please call/text Becky on 07968598048
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 6 June 2012:
Fight the cuts!
NHS cuts... Pension cuts... RESIST CUTS!
National Shops Stewards Network
Liverpool TUSC: Standing against Labour's cuts
Tory leader chauffeur driven while slashing services
Children still getting raw deal
Socialist Party news and analysis
Energy bill puts profits before the planet
Andy Coulson charged with lying
Youth unemployment sky-rocketing
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Syria: Is there a way to avoid a bloody civil war?
Ireland: Austerity Treaty
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fighting cuts and sexism at Newcastle's Slutwalk
Heathrow protest against warmonger Rajapaksa
We won't be a lost generation - Fight for jobs and education!
Campaigning for EMA and youth services
Disabled people's organisations condemn views of Tory minister IDS
A royal debate in Lincoln
Socialist Party workplace news
DVLA workers strike to defend services
Solid strikes show that Veolia privatisation is rubbish
Support Churchill cleaners on Tyne & Wear Metro
Leeds university Unison - Save our pensions!
Privateers not welcome at Sussex University
Workplace news in brief
Reviews and comments
Britain's hidden homeless
Why I joined the Socialist Party
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