Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Childrens Centres Saved by the “Save our Children’s Centres” campaigners not the Labour Party!

The Labour Party are delivering leaflets all over Stoke-on-Trent claiming that they “Saved Children’s Centres”. If Labour was a private company peddling this rubbish they could get done under the Trades Description Act!

Cuts proposed by the Labour, Tory, Lib-Dem and Independents Cuts Coalition in November 2010 included shutting “seven of the city’s 16 children’s centres” (Sentinel 2 Novenber 2010).

Labour councillors were not even prepared to name those that they had put under threat in this way which resulted in panic in ALL sixteen.

Children’s centres have been saved, for now, not by Labour but by the marvellous campaign of opposition which was organised by parents and supporters of the children’s centres.

Save our Children’s Centres campaigners protesting outside a City Council meeting

In reality, Labour and the rest of the Cuts Coalition were forced to back down for fear of losing their seats at the local elections on 5 May. That’s why they are now trying to rewrite history by claiming to have saved them.

What Labour and the Cuts Coalition councillors are also conveniently not telling voters across the city is that their ‘saving children’s centres’ includes significant cuts of £2.25 million to the children’s centres funding which is equivalent to 23 staff being sacked!

Don’t be fooled – these people, fresh from slashing jobs & services by £36 million, are looking for you to re-elect them again on 5 May.

If they get re-elected they will be in place for FOUR years. WE cant afford FOUR more years of Cuts or ‘savings’ as Labour councillors like to call them.

WE need councillors who are against cuts, who will fight against the government for more money to save our jobs and services not spend their time passing on cuts to ordinary working class people across Stoke-on-Trent.

Stoke Socialist Party is part of the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition and is calling for a vote for TUSC candidates across Stoke-on-Trent in the local election on 5 May