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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015
Councils won't spend a penny
Public toilet: locked shut, photo by Ewan Munro (Creative Commons) (Click to enlarge)
A Labour councillor responsible for closing all his area's public toilets has been caught relieving himself on the street.
Police fined South Lanarkshire deputy leader Jackie Burns for urinating in Hamilton town centre on 7 November. Burns defended closing all the Scottish council's public lavatories in May, blaming £22 million of central cuts.
His authority has nearly £50 million in usable reserves out of a total £1 billion reserve fund. It could use these, along with borrowing powers, to buy time to build a campaign to win that money back.
This would defend vital jobs and services - and prevent people caught short from revisiting the medieval system of open sewers.
Camden council in north London plans to follow suit. The Labour authority proposes closing some public conveniences and charging for the remainder.
The total value? £250,000. That's one third of one percent of Camden's planned £75 million cuts.
Quite the saving.
Councillor Merik Apak, the borough's environment chief, said: "It all adds up." When it comes to heaping misery on ordinary people - whether through job cuts or the basic indignity of not having a toilet - it certainly does.
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In The Socialist 18 November 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
How to defend Corbyn and defeat austerity
We can defeat the Tory cuts!
Tories flog bank assets to hellhound US profiteers
Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption
Councils won't spend a penny
Them & Us
Socialist Party features
The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?
How can young people organise to support Jeremy Corbyn?
International socialist news and analysis
Paris terror attacks
Workplace news and analysis
Junior doctors: first strikes in 40 years
Trade union action needed to fight for steel jobs
Historic London bus drivers' agreement
Reinstate sacked CWU reps
Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members
Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election
Workplace news in brief
Readers' comments and reviews
All NHS unions should join junior doctors' strike
A day in the life of a Game retail worker
Why I joined: "I already feel as if I am finally home"
Robert Tressell's characters are all too real to me
My struggle for an income I can live on
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Labour bans union activist
Thousands march against India premier's bloody sectarianism
Strike to save Lambeth libraries
Gaining momentum in Lewisham
Anger at care home closure
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