Save Youth Services!

February 14, 2024

Socialist Party members appeared in support of a protest march on Tuesday 13th February, opposing cuts soon to be levied against youth services by Birmingham City Council.


Around 100 people gathered at 0900 on Tuesday to march from the Library of
Birmingham to the Council House, with speakers thereafter highlighting the importance
of youth centres & services as lifelines for disenfranchised young people. This follows the Council’s declaration of bankruptcy in September last year, with equal pay claims amounting to £760 million and an £80 million overspend on a failing IT system breaking the back of a city that had long been battered by a decade of underfunding.


The bill for the Council’s incompetence has predictably been footed to the city’s
workers: this Tuesday saw a £51.5 million cut for the children and families department revealed, on top of a £23.7 million cut to adult social care, the loss of 600 public sector jobs as part of an overall package of £300m cuts over two years, and a 21% increase to council tax over the same time frame after the receipt of special permission from the central government (as increases of just 5% would typically warrant a local referendum).


This is to be expected from an authority that has repeatedly foregone its obligations to its constituents in favour of placating Westminster, despite its hundreds of millions of pounds in reserves and its extensive borrowing powers.


Now more than ever, we need a mass workers’ campaign to fight back against cuts, unfair pay discrepancies, and all other ruling-class attacks and incompetencies. This is why the Socialist Party will stand in the upcoming election, as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, to provide an alternative to capitalist parties, while also continuing to support genuine workers’ campaigns on the ground.

Written by workers for workers.

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