Tuesday, 6 May 2014

TUSC SAYS NO TO LABOUR’S 3 YEAR BAN ON YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE IN NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME!

Currently you get the chance to elect a councillor for your ward area for 3 out of every 4 years. This means you can get rid of those who may not be up to the job and in doing so also influence who will control the council for the following year. 
 
Now, ruling Labour councillors want you to have a vote just ONCE every FOUR YEARS based on a recommendation by the council’s unelected chief officer who is paid £100,000 a year. (Plus 3 executive directors who together ‘earn’ £165,00 a year) 
 
Labour say it would ‘save’ £330,000 but the real reason is that they want to stifle opposition to the endless cuts that they intend to carry out over the next four years. 
 
The council has already carried out government cuts to local jobs and services totalling £13.2 million since 2008/09. Now it plans to carry out at least another £5.1 million worth of cuts by 2020. And they want to get rid of annual elections so they don’t have to answer at the ballot box for their actions.
 
All TUSC candidates in Newcastle are against the council’s attempt to ban elections. Any TUSC councillor elected on 22 May will build opposition inside and outside the council chamber against the plan to gag voters.
 
TUSC 2014 Vote TUSC cards
  • TUSC says no to a four year blank cheque to carry out cuts for Newcastle councillors
  • For council elections every year – let’s hold them all to account for their actions
VOTE TUSC to defend your right to vote every year
 
VOTE TUSC to stop cuts, closures and privatisation