Friday, 26 September 2014

Leicester conference: planning for a People's Budget
Councillors Wayne Naylor and Barbara Potter
Councillors Wayne Naylor and Barbara Potter

A conference has been organised for October 25th to draw up a 'People's Budget' for Leicester. Hosted by Leicester TUSC and the two rebel Leicester Independent Councillors Against Cuts (LICAC) group members, councillors Barbara Potter and Wayne Naylor, the aim is to create a budget based on the real needs of Leicester's residents.

The conference will discuss, for example, how Leicester council could save the community centres it is threatening to close, keep the city's adventure playgrounds and Sure Start centres open, and reverse the privatisation of its elderly care homes. 

And other policies on housing, the living wage, the NHS and young people - such as funding a 'Leicester EMA' to replace the payments to 16-18 year olds staying on in education lost when the Con-Dems abolished the original Education Maintenance Allowance scheme. 
These and other ideas brought to the meeting by residents, trade unionists and community campaigners will then be presented to next year's council budget-making meeting by Wayne and Barbara in opposition to yet another cuts budget planned by the city's ruling group of Labour councillors. 

And if - or more likely when! - the People's Budget is rejected by Labour, it will be the basis for a city-wide challenge in next May's local elections, on the same day as the general election.

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  • To see a copy of the Leicester TUSC flyer explaining more about the conference and the People's Budget plans, click here.

Are there any Labour councillors in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or anywhere else in Staffordshire who are prepared to stand up against cuts and work with TUSC for a People's Budget?