A call to all Croydon organisations to consider
what action they can take to oppose
the draconian Government welfare cuts has been
made by the Croydon Assembly.
Taking into account the strong support against the proposed £12bn cut to welfare benefits planned by the incoming Government expressed at the 6 June reconvened Croydon Assembly (CA), the CA Planning Group urges Croydon organisations, to consider how they can express their opposition:
(1) to the harshness of the welfare budget cuts particularly on those with physical and mental health difficulties, young people up to age 25, by a Government whose vote was a minority of the electorate.
(2) to the reduction in spending power of millions of people which will further depress spending and contribute to the risk of slipping back into recession.
(3) to the proposed loosening of planning controls decreasing the ability of local people to influence the way in which developments change their areas, in contravention of the spirit of the Localism Act 2011.
(4) to the vicious attack on the functioning of trade unions as collective self-help organisations seeking to protect the standards of living of their members and health and safety in the workplace.
Organisations may wish to consider asking:
(1) Croydon Council and the Opportunity & Fairness Commission as a matter of urgency to analyse and publish what the effect of the benefit cuts will be on the people of Croydon.
(2) the national Labour Party leadership to oppose the benefits cuts package.
(3) the Bishop of Croydon to discuss with fellow Bishops in the House of Lords mounting a vigorous defence of those being adversely effected by the benefit cuts.
(4) the advice and support organisations in the Borough to publish monthly details of the adverse effects on the cuts of the people who seek their advice and other services.
(5) for a collective rejection across Croydon of all attempts to set one social group against another whether they are people in work, out of work, coping with physical and mental health problems, pensioners, young people, asylum seekers and immigrants.
(6) Croydon Council to seek the advice of the Local Government Association as to whether the LGA should consider taking judicial review action to test whether the relaxation of planning controls contravenes the Localism Act 2011.
(7) the local MPs to vote against the cuts.
The following PDF file can be downloaded to forward to members of organisations and print off as a leaflet.
About the Assembly
The Croydon TUC initiated the Croydon Assembly as a means by which the Croydon community, campaign groups and trade unions can work together to campaign against the austerity cuts and to develop an alternative programme for improving job opportunities, public services and living standards. The Assembly met in November 2014 and June this year. It has a number of specialist working parties on such matters as education, health, local economy and housing, and environment.
Further information is available from Croydon Assembly’s Planning Group Chair Ted Knight (Secretary, Croydon Unite Retired members branch): tel: 020 8670 1454; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Peter Spalding (Croydon TUC Vice-Chair) on email@example.com.
(I am a member of the Planning Group and convenor of the working party on local economy and housing.)