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Sheffield Labour Left  - For Socialism

A bulletin for Labour Party Members who supported the direction the party moved towards under Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell.
Opposing racism, antisemitism and political Zionism.
Opposing all expulsions/exclusions targeting the left.

SLL E-Bulletin #49 - 4 March 2021

Turbo charged Covid/Brexit austerity
 

The Tories claim austerity is over but just look at the recent Budget – supposedly designed to rescue the country from the necessary budget crisis caused by Covid and the hidden economic damage of Brexit.
 
The day after the PR blitz surrounding Sunak’s speech and the Institute for Fiscal Studies condemned the budget for imposing spending plans that “don’t look deliverable, at least not without considerable pain”. The IFS went on to say “are we really going to spend £16bn less on public services than we were planning pre-pandemic?” 
 
In particular the IFS questioned why the NHS was slated to spend less after the pandemic when it is clear to everyone that it needs more in the face of health inequalities, cancelled treatments and continuing Covid challenges of the pandemic.
 
Add to this the need for investment in catch up schooling, clearing the courts backlog, getting public transport back on its feet not to mention perhaps the most obvious Budget omission with the complete lack of investment in the ailing social care system.
 
So much for the sentiments expressed by Tory ministers a year ago when the Covid crisis first broke – “Councils should spend what they need to spend and will not lose out”! 
 
When it comes to finding cash, it will not be Tory donors footing the bill but public services which don’t matter to a single millionaire in the Cabinet.
 
Overall, between 2010 and 2020 the Tories cut local government spending nationally by £16 billion. This has meant that the councils in the most deprived areas have cut spending by £432 per person – in the least deprived this figure is £134 showing that the Tories have manipulated the cash to protect their own.
 
Government funding to Sheffield has been cut by £150m since 2010 equating to a 36% cut in the City’s spending power by 2018. This has now been made much worse by the Covid crisis which has left Sheffield with a minimum shortfall of a further £15.3m for 2021/22.
 
But it gets bleaker when you consider how much money in fees, rents and council tax will be lost as the city’s businesses and residents face up to the post Covid depression. Raising Council Tax by 4.9% won’t address this shortfall.
 
So what should be our response? Going along with the Tories in the hope that Tory voters will like Labour more come election day is not a strategy. Opposition to austerity must be pursued in every workplace, on every housing estate, in every community by promoting a radical plan to support those least able to support themselves. 
 
The TUC has put forward a £10 billion economic plan to create green jobs, invest in skills and training, protect the most vulnerable and support key workers. The trade unions present the best option for the left – under Starmer’s 'leadership' the Labour Party is abdicating its role as the champion and protector of the poor and vulnerable.

Wednesday 17 March - 730pm to 9.30pm

Challenging Antisemitism

Jewish Voice for Labour Workshop:

The EHRC Report has a lot to say about the importance of education in relation to what is and what isn’t antisemitic.

Many people both in and outside of the Labour Party have become confused, disturbed and afraid of discussing the subject openly.

JVL is an experienced and respected provider of education workshops on this subject. Their focus is on helping participants to develop for themselves their own understanding and to look at antisemitism in the context of racism in general.

The event will look at what is and what is not antisemitic behaviour and give you the tools to challenge it.


*This event is being hosted by Sheffield Labour Left.  Contact us for details if you wish to attend.

Sheffield Labour Left

Sheffield Labour Left (SLL) is a network to help co-ordinate the genuine Labour Party left across the six CLPs covered by Sheffield.

We have a page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SheffieldLabourLeft) and our own website (http://www.sheffieldlabourleft.org), where you can find an archive of our first 45 bulletins.

We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.  In July 2019 we affiliated to the Labour Left Alliance:  
https://labourleft.org

Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.
Local labour movement meetings and events in March:


Tuesday 9 March:  Sheffield TUC CV19 Council of Action meeting 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

Wednesday 17 March:  JVL & SLL Educational Event - 'Challenging Antisemitism'.  7.30pm to 9.30pm.  See box above.  Contact SLL for meeting details.

Saturday 20 March:  Magic Music Mix for Palestine.  Live and recorded music from Palestine and Sheffield.  Raising funds for a Seeds Association for Development and Culture Youth House in the Jordan Valley, West Bank.  Organised by Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine.  6pm start.

Tuesday 23 March:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) meeting.  All trade union members welcome.  Only delegates can vote.  7pm start.

Thursday 25 March:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) - Talks for Change.  'Right to Work', the second in a series of talks dedicated to challenging oppressive government policies.  Why are people seeking asylum banned from working? What are the effects of this policy? How is it linked to British colonial history?  Hear speakers with direct experience of this policy and discuss how we #LiftTheBan on working.  Hear Victor, Lucy Mayblin, a representative from the Lift The Ban campaign and our friends from the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) introduce a discussion, with plenty of time for questions and ideas.  7.00pm to 8.30pm.

Labour Party Meetings:

Tuesday 9 March:  LCF monthly meeting.

Friday 19 March:  South East CLP monthly meeting.

Thursday 25 March:  Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP monthly meeting.  7pm start.

Thursday 25 March:  Central CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm start.

Thursday 25 March:  Heeley CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm start.

Thursday 25 March:  Hallam CLP monthly meeting.  7.30pm start.
Our mailing address is:
info@sheffieldlabourleft.org
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