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Posted on 7 March 2017 at 13:17 GMT

North Ayrshire Labour council: No-cuts budget?

North Ayrshire Labour-run council has claimed it has implemented a "no cuts budget" for 2017/18. Council leader Joe Cullinane was quoted in the Morning Star: "I have proposed the most radical, anti-austerity budget seen in North Ayrshire for many years and I am absolutely delighted that it has passed. It stops the cuts and invests in our future."

However, a closer look at this budget reveals it contains significant austerity cuts that will hit the working class.

For analysis by Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland, go to:

Labour's "no cuts" budgets fail to offer a fighting alternative to austerity

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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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