Please find below a letter that can be sent to Steve Brady, Leader of Hull City Council from residents posing questions about the Labour Group’s response to the cuts, especially as the leaders of Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool Council’s wrote a public letter of warning to Pickles which was in the press over the weekend.
Email it to: email@example.com
Or print off and and send to Guildhall; Hull City Council, Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AA.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU INCLUDE A FULL POSTAL ADDRESS EVEN ON AN EMAIL!
Please forward to any contacts you have that are HCC residents.
Happy New Year and the fight goes on…
Dear Cllr. Brady,
As a resident of the Hull City Council area, I am very concerned by the level of cuts that the Government in London are forcing our Council to implement. Recent research tells us Of the Top 50 Councils facing cuts, 75% are in the North and 86% Labour controlled. Only 6% of Tory Councils are facing cuts. For Hull 2011 every man, woman and child faced £164 cut in Council support, by 2014 this will see a monumental cut of £350 per person.
The effects of thousands of households being required to pay Council Tax for the first time, and the Bedroom Tax on Social Housing Tenants will cause widespread hardship. Then there are other changes in welfare and disability benefits to be considered plus the ongoing harassment of chronically ill residents from ATOS and the DWP.
The Labour Leaders of Newcastle, Liverpool and Sheffield City Councils have taken the step of writing to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to outline their concerns. Whilst the media inevitably focus on sensationalising the issues, when you read the text of the letter the points raised are well considered and the reasoning behind their arguments is sound and based on evidence from the communities they were elected to represent.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask you if you were approached to sign this letter, and what your opinions on the content are?
In addition I would be interested to know what steps you and the Labour Group have taken to actively campaign against these cuts? Are the Labour Party to be seen as acting as the midwife for this slashing in spending? Cuts are cuts to our residents whoever is seen to be wielding the knife. Has the Labour Group spoken to the Unions and the residents about publicly taking a stand? Time is running out before the budget must be set.
I feel sure that if the Unions, the Labour Group and residents came together in a mass campaign which linked up with other Cities in the North, the Government could be forced into yet another U turn. The fallout from Osborne’s bungled Budget last year proves that when the pressure is exerted, this Government is vulnerable. Pickles would be on very thin ice if he were to send commissioners to any Council, and he can’t send said officials to every Labour Council that takes a stand as it is simply not logistically viable.
No one in this City can doubt the commitment of you and the Labour
Group as a whole to protecting the most vulnerable in our City, but we are at a watershed moment. If these cuts happen with litt
le or no protest then the Tories will be emboldened to cut faster and deeper with 2012 as the template.
I look forward to your response.