Fight Local Government Cuts
Since 2010, Liverpool's annual budget has been cut by almost half (from Adult Social Care, libraries and Youth Services have all been cut to the bone. These cuts (now amounting to over £400 million per year) are not "one-off": each year they carry on and more cuts are demanded. In March 2021, a further £15.4 million has been cut from the budget.
Lives will be lost.
Tory commissioners will try to enforce these cuts.
The current Council strategy to implement cuts, and wait for a change of national government in the future is unacceptable. Of all the cuts made - to education, NHS etc. because of austerity, the greatest have been the cuts to Local Government funding. We need a national campaign to demand the money needed for our communities.
But the start of any campaign is local: we call on Liverpool Labour Councillors now to follow the example of the Labour Council of the 80s, and declare that they will refuse to implement cuts. If we start the campaign now, we have time to build for the battles that will undoubtedly take place in the coming year.