Campaigners call for 'people's budget' and urge Sheffield to fight Government cuts

Campaigners call for a 'people's budget' for Sheffield.
Campaigners call for a 'people's budget' for Sheffield.
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Anti-austerity campaigners this week put forward a ‘people’s budget’ and urged the council to stand up to Government cuts.

Trade unionists and members of community groups spoke about the impact of national policy on vulnerable people in Sheffield.

But they also accused Sheffield Council’s Labour group of passing on cuts without any resistance.

Proposing a ‘people’s budget’, Jeremy Short, of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, said: “Labour councils do have a choice - they can use reserves and borrowing powers to offset Tory cuts whilst building a mass campaign to restore funding.

“Instead of passing on cuts to local people, they should be leading a fightback against Tory austerity.”

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Mr Short also criticised the council’s ongoing Streets Ahead programme with Amey, and the use of long-term private contracts.

Earlier this year the authority voted to cut short its waste contract with Veolia as it was not delivering the required savings.

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