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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)

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.

Medieval

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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Historic London bus drivers' agreement

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Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members

Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election

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Readers' comments and reviews

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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

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Anger at care home closure


 

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