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Labour Representation Committee Hull and East Yorkshire Statement: “City Councillors Lead the Fight Back Against Cuts”

LRCImageLocal Hull City Labour Councillors and community campaigners “Residents Against the Cuts” have been taking to the streets to listen to the fears of local people regarding the unprecedented level of cuts that the Tory led Coalition Government in London are forcing upon the Hull City Council area. 

The Council is expected to find over £100 million in cuts which will see a real terms slashing of spending on services by a staggering £350 per man woman and child in Hull. When NHS cuts are added in £1/4 billion in Government support is leaving the City of Hull. 

“Our local residents are experiencing a terrible feeling of uncertainty as Council Tax Bills start falling through letter boxes, and when the new Bedroom Tax is factored in alongside frozen wage packets and slashed welfare payments, there is a real fear that residents simply won’t be able to make ends meet”, said Labour Councillor for Holderness Ward Gill Kennett 

Some City Labour Councillors are refusing to give up without a fight and have led the way on the national stage by signing up to “Councillors Against the Cuts” which aims to unite resistance up and down the UK, calling for front line services to be protected. 

This is the statement that three Labour Councillors have signed up to; “We are pledged to vote against all cuts to services and jobs, increases in rents and charges, and increases in council tax.

“We do not accept that cuts are “necessary”: there is plenty of money in society, but it is in the wrong hands. Taxing the rich and business, taking the wealth of the banks and cutting Trident are all rich sources of funds.

We stand in solidarity with anti-cuts campaigns, with people defending their local services and with the broader community, tenants and residents, our children, disabled people, pensioners etc – in defence of the living standards and rights of the most vulnerable people in society as the Coalition government attacks them.” 

Gary Wearing, Labour Councillor for Drypool said, “This financial crisis was caused by the recklessness of the Bankers in London, and we are not prepared to see our local community destroyed because of the greed of others whose don’t want to know about the real life struggles of our local residents”.

5,000 leaflets have been distributed across the City by “Residents Against The Cuts” outlining the coming cuts and what they will mean, and activists have been collecting signatures for a petition to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles demanding that Government cash support be immediately restored to the communities who desperately need it. 

Campaigners will be holding a street stall at the Elephant and Castle, Holderness Road on Saturday 26th Jan from 1030 am onwards to build support for a Public Meeting early next month. 

For further information please contact Dermot Rathbone 07999 492292.

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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