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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 February 2022

"We want it back" - Restore Cardiff's slashed services

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Taryn Tarrant-Cornish, Cardiff East Socialist Party

At the People's Budget meeting called by Cardiff Trades Union Council, speaker after speaker spoke movingly about their personal experience, outlining the human cost of cuts.

Councillors must not pass on cuts from Westminster or the Senedd. Instead, they should dip into the city's significant £150 million reserves.

But despite an increase in funding from the Senedd - £52.6 million in cash terms - Cardiff City Council has only proposed a 'break-even' budget, with more cuts to come. Cardiff Trades Union Council secretary, Dave Bartlett, said: "In the last ten years, 2,500 jobs have disappeared from local government, and £200 million of services have been cut in this city."

Ruined lives

Wales Socialist Party secretary, Ross Saunders, spoke about youth workers and the hole left by their absence. "It's a very skilled job that made the difference for the young people they worked with between a life that went off the rails in the world of addiction, chaos, a ruined life, or getting through a difficult period."

Mia Hollsing previously worked for Welsh Women's Aid. She said waiting lists for domestic violence services rose 140% during the Covid lockdowns, and she demanded a 140% rise in funding.

"We need trauma support. We need counselling therapy, group work. We need prevention. We need interventions for perpetrators of abuse. We need different forms of community support.

"And of course, we can't just stop at domestic abuse services either. This is all linked to other things. So we need council housing because people need rehousing. Refuge is only a temporary solution."

Slipping through cracks

George Phillips works for brain injury charity Headway, which "really does change their lives. But because of the cuts to our funding, people are slipping through the cracks, and we can't provide the level of care that we need to provide."

Socialist Party member John Williams called on the council to bring in rent control. "The council already licenses landlords and they should make charging a fair rent, a condition of being registered."

The council should improve the fractured bus services and public transport to make it easier for people to travel and reduce pollution. Education provision is falling desperately short, especially following the impact of lockdowns. And services for children with additional needs are inadequate.

The meeting summed up the anger felt by many in a city where residents feel their futures look bleak, as the services they rely on are cut and privatised.

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In The Socialist 23 February 2022:


News

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Johnson scraps Covid safety measures

Tories instruct teachers to wipe Britain's real history

Bus services under threat


International news

Ukraine: Workers' unity against capitalist warmongers and imperialist meddlers

Canada: Prime Minister Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act to end 'Freedom Convoy'

One year after the military coup in Myanmar


NHS

Privatisation and crisis in the NHS


Erdington by-election

The Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

Vote Nellist for a workers' MP in Birmingham Erdington


Workplace news

Tube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

Barts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

Rail workers strike in Sheffield


Students

Workers and students unite and fight

Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout


Campaigns news

Restore Cardiff's slashed services

Brighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

London Socialist Party women's meeting

1 March: Socialist Party new website launch


Review

TV review: This is Going to Hurt


 

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