[Where it seems best to keep motions short, as e.g. when they have to be posted in the chat section of Zoom meetings, a shorter version can be constructed just from the “Resolves” section below.]
- After a decade of cuts, increased demand, and reduced revenue during the pandemic, local authorities face disaster.
- Croydon is now the second council, after Northamptonshire, to invoke Section 114, indicating it will provide only statutory services.
- Rishi Sunak has only given councils an extra £3bn – over £5bn less than the (Tory-led) Local Government Association called for as necessary to prevent further cuts, and a billion less than needed to avoid meltdown.
- The government is gutting public services, driving down working-class living standards, decimating council housing and destroying meaningful local democracy.
- Labour should start an aggressive campaign to halt and reverse this assault.
- The costs of Covid-19 should be met by making the rich and corporations pay – not workers and communities.
- Call on the whole party and the leadership to vocally and actively campaign – using our national platform, and involving members, supporters and trade unionists in mass activity – for:
a. increased central funding for councils to prevent further cuts and job losses, immediately pushing the government for the additional £5bn the LGA has called for
b. a £10bn annual grant to fund the building of 100,000 council homes a year
c. a clear timetable to reverse all cuts since 2010, moving towards budgets meeting social needs.
- Organise a meeting to discuss local campaigning to stop cuts and win restored funding. Invite a speaker from the trade union campaign against cuts in Croydon. Invite our Labour councillors to take part and consider/discuss how they can help.
- Call on councillors to raise these demands in the council, and campaign to win them.
- Circulate this motion widely, and make links with campaigners in other areas.