I salute Ed Miliband for showing true leadership by being open and honest with the membership and public with his speech on 22 June 2013 in Birmingham at the National Policy Forum. Before my followers get hot under their collar and then start to sending text message, email, phoning or faxing me I would suggest that all look at this article on its merits.
Speaking at Labour’s National Policy Forum in Birmingham, Miliband said he would not be able to reverse the £11.5 billion of spending cuts to be set out by the Chancellor unless he can be “crystal clear” where the money would come from
“Our starting point for 2015-16 is that we won’t be able to reverse the cuts in day to day, current spending unless it is fully funded from savings elsewhere or extra revenue, not from more borrowing,” Miliband said.
He also added that the party needs to be “ruthless” about pursuing Labour’s public spending priorities if it wins next general election in 2015.
British Chancellor George Osborne is looking to find £11.5 billion in savings before making his Spending Review announcement on 26th June 2013.
When I reminisce about the coalition work programmes I must say I’m very disappointed with the results with grave concerns. This coalition still continues with the gung ho style approach towards unemployed. I’m sure that some people may have witnessed this as receiver of benefits or as a new claimant.
Already there are some people are heading to the food banks as they cannot afford to pay the dreaded bedroom tax let alone their council tax. Then there are the middle income is now turning to food banks as well. It will not be long before we all see everything being encourage to fill out all the benefits on line which will includes the so called universal pensions then all payments will be paid monthly.
Then there is another problem looking at it from a social policy point of view there are some people can’t manage their finances properly which is more of a budgeting issue or they refuse to accept change while other cant and would need support to encourage them how to do this task.
There is the current underline of the north-south divide is not a myth but a harsh reality for millions of families and individuals in the region and neighbouring regions.
Austerity has intensified this problem with increasing levels of impoverishment and a sharp increase in the dire need by people for foodbanks and other forms of NGO welfare support.
The Lib Dems should be ashamed to be associated with this class war against the poor and the vulnerable in our communities, led by Tories who extend the damage done by Thatcherism and all its ugly properties.
Thousands descend on London yesterday 22nd Jun 2013 for the People’s Assembly against Austerity to launch a united opposition that will mobilise co-ordinated anti-cuts action at national, regional and local level.
The event is Britain’s largest political conference in recent history – outstripping the combined attendance of the annual conferences of all three main political parties – and is backed by Britain’s major unions.
It takes place 48 hours after the three biggest unions – Unite, Unison and the GMB – announced plans to target the Tory Party conference in Manchester this September for a rally to defend the NHS and Welfare reform.
The assembly has been hailed as a big breakthrough in creating a united front against the Tories and their Lib Dem accomplices.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The People’s Assembly is the most significant step yet in building a nationwide opposition to the government’s policies of social devastation.
“Unite is proud to stand with all those demanding an end to the cuts which are pushing millions into the abyss of despair and in standing up for an alternative of social justice.”
The People’s Assembly has been endorsed by over 100 organisations including Unison and Unite, which between them represent almost three million workers across the public and private sectors.
It is also backed by thousands of individuals and groups, including academics, pensioners’ organisations and campaigners fighting to save the NHS.
Green MP Caroline Lucas, who is speaking at the assembly, said: “It offers a crucial opportunity for civil society to come together and take a stand against this government’s socially destructive and economically illiterate austerity programme.
“It is also a chance to challenge the harmful ideology which claims that public is ‘bad’ and private is ‘good’ and that everything from our health service to education is little more than a marketplace to be exploited for profit.”
With evidence emerging that austerity, pay freezes, tax rises and welfare cuts will drive seven million children into poverty in the next two years, she said: “It’s time to expose the lie that there is no alternative to austerity.”
The assembly will also launch two “People United” bus tours organised by unions Unite, Unison, GMB, PCS and CWU and the TUC to take the campaign against austerity into communities.
The tours culminate on July 5 at the NHS’s birthplace, Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of its foundation.
I see all too starkly the dire consequences of the cuts, attacks on benefits and the north-south divide is having and the growing misery that this creates.
Suicides are increasing and families torn apart by desperation and need.
The Tories care not one jot about mostly Labour Party heartlands and are interested only in the rich shires of Tory-held south and south-eastern England, their political base.
North-west England has a proud history of industry, commerce and inventiveness and a solid history of organised labour.
Any future Labour government has to have the boldness of the 1945 government in tackling want and not cling to outdated concepts and unproductive cuts which do nothing to regenerate local economies, but instead perpetuate and multiply the problems and misery.
Here comes another interesting point its alleged that Vince Cable Vince Cable is refusing to accept deep cuts to his departmental budget without a guarantee of billions in funding for job-creating capital projects, as arguments over this week’s spending review reached a new pitch.
With just three days before George Osborne is due to announce £11.5bn of cuts for 2015-16, the business secretary was said to be in no mood to back down in a dispute he regards as crucial to the government’s economic credibility.
Cable is arguing, in talks with Treasury ministers and officials, that the coalition must have “a strong story to tell on growth” to run alongside its tough message on slashing the budget deficit and balancing the books by 2018.
In a dispute that has pitched him against the Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander, a fellow Liberal Democrat, Cable is fighting for investment spending on everything from science and business funding to grants for training and skills development. Insiders said that he was not pushing a party point but a case he believed was in “the national economic interest”.
In March, some raised questions over Cable’s future in the cabinet when he broke ranks to ask, in an article in the New Statesman, whether the government “should borrow more, at current very low interest rates, to finance more capital spending: building of schools and colleges; small road and rail projects; more prudential borrowing by councils for housebuilding”.
Osborne is expected to declare on Wednesday that the economy is moving from “rescue to recovery” and to hold out the prospect of more emphasis on infrastructure spending. Hailing the achievements of the coalition in saving “money on welfare and waste” he will pledge to invest “in the roads and railways, schooling and science our economy needs to succeed in the future”. But Cable is said to want specific commitments for his own department on capital spending.
Osborne is also expected to announce a cap on welfare spending. Most departments were said to have already settled or to be close to settling their budgets with the Treasury, with cuts in unprotected departments (those other than health, education and international development) averaging about 8.5%.
“So when George Osborne stands up next week and announces his cuts in day-to-day spending, we won’t be able to promise now to reverse them, because we’ve got to be absolutely crystal clear about where the money is coming from. We will show the discipline that the challenge of our times demand. It is the only way we can credibly change our country. It’s a hard reality.
“I am clear about it. Ed Balls is clear about it. And everyone in the Labour party should be clear about it too.” Miliband’s speech will dismay some on the Labour left who say the party should offer an alternative spending plan to the coalition. Former cabinet minister Peter Hain will support a campaign this week by the centre-left pressure group Compass for Labour to abandon austerity as endorsed by Osborne.
Compass believes that it would be “politically and economically disastrous” for Labour to follow Osborne’s lead and will call for a £55bn stimulus package to create one million jobs. The group says Britain “cannot endure more unnecessary years of austerity and those who are least to blame for the crisis must not pay the price of it”.
Nick Clegg has said that – with another coalition government increasingly likely after the election – his party would learn from power-sharing with the Tories, and the next Lib Dem manifesto would not promise things that were unrealistic.