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Stop Government Cuts to Local Authority Budgets

Stop Government Cuts to Local Authority Budgets

I want the government to stop the agenda of cutting vital public services and centralising power in an attempt to repair the damage to the economy caused by bad banking practice and the incompetence and greed of big corporations. I want them to remember the values of fairness, humanity and respect that underpin our country and stop this attack on the most vulnerable in society and those who work to provide services to people in their communities while the rich get richer and banks remain unscathed.

Why is this important?

I work in a local authority and I am dismayed by the affect that Government grant cuts are having on jobs and services. Maybe at one point there was some spare flesh to cut from local government, but that time is long gone and we are now cutting deep into the bone.

Local authorities provide vital services to the most vulnerable such as the elderly, people with physical and mental health problems and learning disabilities, the homeless and looked-after children. Huge cuts are being made to these services by the government at the same time as the need for these services is going through the roof – largely because of job losses and cuts to housing, disability and employment benefits. This means that the government is taxing the most needy and least able to pay in society TWICE. Firstly by cutting their benefits, and then again by cutting the money paid to local authorities to support them.

Local authorities are also providers and protectors of the culture and heritage of all of our towns and cities. They look after libraries, museums, galleries, parks and local countryside. These areas are often the first to suffer because they are none-statutory services. How much poorer are the educational and cultural opportunities for local people because many councils have been forced to close libraries and museums because of cuts?

People who have dedicated years to providing support and services to the people in their communities for very modest rates of pay are being forced out of worthwhile jobs while incompetent bankers carry on lining their own pockets. Making tens of thousands of local authority workers redundant only adds to the people unable to contribute to the economy or pay income tax, many may well go on to lose their home, adding to the housing benefit bill.

At the end of the day, it is not public sector workers, or immigrants or people on benefits who have caused this financial crisis. Please, whatever your political persuasion, think long and hard about whether it is fair that jobs and services that are dedicated to serving and helping people in your community are losing nearly half their government grant, while the very banks and super-rich people who put us in this mess in the first place are getting off scot-free? This country has been built on the ideals of fairness, humanity and respect for the ordinary person. These cruel and unfair cuts attack that very foundation of our nationhood. The most vulnerable people are having their quality of life cut from just about liveable to unbearable; at the same time the number of billionaires in the world has doubled since the financial crisis started, and the 5 richest families in the UK own as much wealth as the bottom 20% of the population. Meanwhile it is estimated by the Institute of Fiscal Studies that another 300,000 children are soon to be added to the 2.5 million who are currently living in poverty in this country if the next round of cuts go ahead.

Please sign this petition and lets show the government that we will no longer accept vital jobs and services being attacked to make up for the mistakes of the banks and super-rich.

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Reasons for signing

  • National Parks are National Treasures. As a nation they are part of our heritage, and provide sanctuary to many animals on the verge of extinction ... They need funding and protection. They are also lifeblood in our economy as tourism to South Africa and within South Africa to see special sites, like the animals of Kruger or the Mountains in the Drakensberg. Save SA and our natural world!
  • I dont understand why people just stand by a except what happens.
  • THE RENT KEEPS GOING UP.

Updates

2016-01-27 13:13:04 +0000

If you're in Brighton & Hove come and join me and many others at the march against cuts to services this Saturday!:

STOP THE CUTS PROTEST

MEET AT THE LEVEL, BRIGHTON AT NOON, SATURDAY 30 JANUARY

FULL DETAILS: http://brightonandhoveunison.org.uk/

2015-11-13 14:20:34 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-09-02 14:31:59 +0100

Lots of coverage of my campaign against local authority cuts in press, radio and social media!:
www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/posts/926155634118994.
Brighton & Hove Independent (http://brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/?s=Corinna+Edwards-Colledge)
and Free Radio Brighton: http://www.mixcloud.com/RadioFreeBrighton/radio-free-brighton-politics-show-with-davy-jones-21-8-5

2015-07-29 18:25:38 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-02-12 12:48:32 +0000

Attended a public meeting about the government cuts to my local council recently. The stories coming from ordinary and vulnerable people about the agonies these cuts are causing was truly heartbreaking. Our local Green Party has instructed its councillors to vote against the cuts budget later this month but so far they are saying they have no choice but to vote it in. It's going to be quite a battle here in Brighton & Hove!

2015-01-21 13:46:51 +0000

In the news this week pointing out how good the super-rich and big corporations are for our world as opposed to those terrible resource-draining Local Authority workers!!:
>Evidence that the super-rich hoard wealth and don't cascade it down (real gold flecks in your moisturiser anyone?!).
>Evidence that most people-trafficked domestic workers end up exploited and trapped by the richest people.
> Evidence that it is biggest and most profitable companies who are not instigating the Living Wage.
> Pharmaceutical giants trying to stop the production of affordable medicines in India as creates 'unfair competition!
> George Osborne announces more tax-cuts for energy firms despite the fact that they haven't passeed on the 28% drop in oil cost on to customers.
> Oil companies in the US trying to make the production of green electricity by househoulders illegal in some states.

2014-11-26 15:54:09 +0000

This year, Barclays' bonuses for top bankers alone were £38.5 million

= 1,800 nurses

= 9,625 pain relieving hip operations

= 600 potentially-life saving neuroblastoma treatments for children with cancer

= 3,000 home care workers to help the elderly remain in their own homes

http://unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/

2014-11-26 15:51:39 +0000

"More than three quarters of people trust local government to make local decisions compared to one in ten who trust national government." LGA 'First 100 Days' Report for whoever gets in at the General Election: http://100days.b-creativedesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Investing-100days-template-web.pdf

2014-11-26 14:19:54 +0000

Hello friends - well we've reached the first milestone of 100 signees within 24 hours which is fantastic! I'm working now to increase our national profile by contacting MPs and organisations like the People's Assembly. Please keep spreading the word and encouraging colleagues, friends and family to sign and share on social media. I am determined to to everything I can to get the issue of this butchery of local authorities out and into the awareness of the public, and it's fantastic that we can do that together.
Corinna x

2014-11-26 10:39:17 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-11-25 18:15:02 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-11-25 14:21:27 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-11-25 12:13:16 +0000

10 signatures reached