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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 January 2013

Campaigns - In brief

Sheffield Sure Start

250 people protested in December outside Sheffield town hall against the Labour council's planned slashing of Sure Start children's centres and nurseries.

The council is aiming to cut 3.5 million. 19 of the 36 centres have been earmarked for closure. All remaining centres will be downgraded.

200 parents and children packed into a council cabinet meeting - which had to be moved to another room to fit everyone in.

Emma Chadwick, whose three year old autistic son attends Darnall nursery, presented the 1,500 signature petition to the meeting.

Sharron Milsom

West Yorkshire Fire

On Friday 21 December, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority met to pass 7 million worth of annual cuts to its budget.

But pressure from campaigners resulted in four of the six fire stations that were to be closed remaining open, but with less staff and fire appliances. Haworth fire station has a two year reprieve.

Other cutbacks went through, although not without some minor amendments, meaning that 3 million less has been cut than planned.

Iain Dalton

Brighton council tax

A petition of 700 signatures opposing cuts to council tax benefit was presented to the Green-led Brighton and Hove council.

The Socialist Party organised a lobby outside the council building.

The money that pays for council tax benefits is being cut by the government in April. In August it was reported that an 81-year old woman from Hove was jailed for 10 days for not paying council tax.

It is estimated that up to half the revenue 'raised' by cutting the benefit will be spent on enforcement!

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In The Socialist 9 January 2013:


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"Enough is enough!" - Fight all cuts

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More Tory privatisation

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South Africa: Founding of Workers and Socialist Party


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Obituary

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Socialist Party workplace news

Standing firm in Mid Yorks hospitals pay cuts battle

London Underground cleaners strike over New Year

Tyne and Wear Metro strikers tell bosses to end poverty pay

Losing patience with Usdaw


 

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