We're fighting locally for the alternative to the cuts.
The alternative is a set of measures designed to reduce the deficit by common-sense means and not one which uses public service privatisation and regressive cuts aimed at the poor:
1. Claw back the tax: £25 billion annually is lost in tax avoidance by individuals, £70 billion by companies.
2. Introduce a Robin Hood tax: a 0.05% tax on all overseas financial transactions will raise £20bn a year.
3. Cut the real waste: Stop employing expensive govt contractors. Saving: £18bn a year.
4. Bring our boys back: the war in Afghanistan costs us £2.6bn a year
5. Bank Assets: We own £850billion in bank assets, giving us a significant annual income.
6. Cut the replacement for Trident. Trident replacement will cost £104.2bn over 30 years, that's £3bn every year.
Instead, we should create jobs by investing in the 'green economy' and building much needed council houses, investing in public transport and renewable energy. After all, in the 1950s we built thousands of council houses, created the welfare state, and the NHS, and our deficit was much bigger than it is now.
Joyce Brand being thrown out of a Shropshire Council meeting.
It's official: Shropshire Council is not coping with the cuts. Research undertaken by Scope has rated the Council 142nd out of 152 authorities in England. Read the damning report here.
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Telford residents protesting against the tax in Telford (above).
Save the NHS
National campaign group 38 Degrees is running a petition to save the NHS from being privatised. Sign it to send a message to your local commissioning group here
Shropshire Fights Back would like to thank the Bishop of Shrewsbury, HMRC staff and members of the public for joining in with the Starbucks protest today (Saturday). Costa gave free coffee to protesters, banners and placards were lifted high and there were reports of 'a great atmosphere'.
Telford & Wrekin Council have now announced their proposed range of cuts. Have a look at the list of cuts here.
The story so far....
The last Shrewsbury Anti-cuts Meeting
Shropshire Fights Back recently protested outside Shrewsbury Reference Library on the night of closure.
Colin Dickinson from Shrewsbury
We have over 140 members from Shropshire (and some from even further afield).
Want to know how the cuts will affect you and your family? View the latest on how the cuts will affect not only Shropshire residents but also nationwide.