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Sheffield Labour Left  - For Socialism

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SLL E-Bulletin #48 - 22 Febuary 2021

More attacks upon the working class to come
 
The poor are set to pay the price for Covid in more ways than one. As the death toll in the UK continues on its tragic path to hit 150,000 – and Tory incompetence goes unchecked – the poor will end up carrying the financial burden as well.
 
While all the evidence indicates that the majority of those catching and dying from Covid are from communities in deprived areas, the same communities face footing the bill for the Government’s cavalier spending on outsourcing the Covid response. 
 
As hedge funds bet on Brexit and Tory MPs’ chums cash in on the Covid supply bonanza through VIP lane corruption, Sheffield Council is set to raise the council tax for 21/22 by the maximum allowed of 4.99 per cent. 
 
Once again, the poorest will suffer most as they struggle to make ends meet in a world denuded of any sense of equality when it comes to workers being bailed out.
 
Councillor Terry Fox, cabinet member for finance, told the media: “I want to reassure people protecting the most vulnerable and supporting strong recovery and growth for the city remains our priority.”
 
But we are now in year twelve of austerity and local councils – Tory and Labour alike – are now hitting the financial buffers as Covid plunges them further into debt just as Government propaganda claims that austerity is over.
 
Section 114 notices – better known as “we have no more money” – are set to be announced in a raft of councils – not all Labour as the austerity carnage reaches even parts the Tories didn’t imagine it would reach.
 
A recent article in Tribune told the story: “Annual core funding for local government is currently £15 billion less than it was in 2010. In practice, this amounts to around 50 percent of the core funding for services available to local authorities than was once the case.”
 
The article goes on to say: “The overwhelming costs associated with deprivation and poverty are more than beginning to take their toll; in addition, it’s becoming clear that despite being far less invested in outsourcing, Labour-controlled authorities are still suffering from systemic weaknesses due to lost services that only aggravate financial woes.”
 
So, despite Councillor Fox’s brave promise, there is no doubt that councils are at the end of their financial tether and that a decade of cuts has left them unable to cope with further cuts.
 
You might remember that Robert Jenrick, the local government minister, made a promise a year ago that no council would be out of pocket as a result of Covid. What he didn’t say is that would only be because the residents of every council in the land would be asked to make up any shortfall.
 
As the Tory government bails out businesses, it is not willing to do the same for local councils. The working class, as always, will pay the price for this latest crisis of capitalism.

Please put this motion to your LP Branch/CLP:

RECALL CONFERENCE MOTION

This meeting notes the escalating crisis within the Labour Party concerning freedom of debate; freedom of speech and interference in the workings of our CLPs.

This meeting believes that the party’s crisis needs to be addressed urgently.

This meeting recognises that the supreme policy-making body of our Party is our national conference, composed of delegates from the CLPs, trade unions, and other affiliated organisations. We believe that this is the only body with the necessary authority to resolve this crisis.

We therefore demand that the NEC organises an immediate national recall conference of the Labour Party, under rule *Clause VI:1 of the Constitutional Rules, with the purpose of restoring party democracy.
 

*“The work of the Party shall be under the direction and control of Party conference, which shall itself be subject to the constitution and standing orders of the Party. Party conference shall meet regularly once in every year and also at such other times as it may be convened by the NEC.”

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 40 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 late February:


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

Wednesday 24 February:  Sheffield Labour Left and 'Reclaim Democracy, Recall Conference' joint event on why the demand for a recall conference.  Speakers as above.  7.30pm start on Zoom: us02web.zoom.us

Thursday 25 February:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) - Talks for Change.  'Housing', the first in a series of talks dedicated to challenging oppressive government policies.  Bringing together academic and activist perspectives, as well as those with lived experience to create a positive space for skill sharing, discussion and change.  6.00pm to 7.30pm.


Labour Party Meetings:

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

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

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

Thursday 25 Febuary:  Hallam CLP monthly meeting.  7.30pm start.
Our mailing address is:
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