Privatisation of services in Cornwall

Cornwall Council is planning to privatise or outsource all of its services to a private company. This is known as ‘shared services’. One of the companies in the frame is BT. A new company will be formed with one person on the board to represent the council. This will not be an elected member but well-paid Chief Executive Kevin Lavery. Rumour has it that Lavery has been linked to both BT and the other companies in the frame for the takeover.

Some of the areas involved include public health, libraries and One Stop Shops (including the administration of housing benefit for example). The council say this could mean up to 1000 job losses and others could be invited to re-apply for their jobs on worse conditions.

Cornwall Council now says it needs to find £30million ‘savings’ (cuts) for 2013/14.

Not only is this devastating for the workers that lose their jobs, it will also be a blow for the users that will find they have a poorer quality of service as the new company cuts corners, pay, conditions and services.

Moreover there has been a flagrant disregard of democracy in the way this has been carried out. The council cabinet of Tories and independents pushed this through at a cabinet meeting. A subsequent meeting of the full council voted by a clear majority to overturn this decision. The cabinet have subsequently stated that they have the power to go ahead without the backing of full council and will not be backing down.

These plans are devastating for Cornwall and will hit workers and users alike. It is also a shocking indictment of a council leadership that has no respect for democracy or the wishes of ordinary people. They must be defeated.

Come to our public meeting to hear more about this and to discuss how to stop it.

JOIN THE FIGHTBACK!
Public meeting: Tuesday 25 September at 7:30pm
The Lugger Hotel,
Marine Terrace (the promenade)
Penzance
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About penwithanticutsalliance

Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance campaigns against the cuts, privatisation and job losses we face both from the government and Cornwall Council. The government says we must pay off the debt in five years but our national debt was greater in proportion to the population in 1948 when the National Health Service was created and now it is being used as an excuse to destroy the health service. Comparisons to credit card debt are meaningless. Even if we do agree that we need to pay off the deficit, £120 billion in tax is either evaded (fraud), avoided (loopholes) or not collected (the last government sacked workers in HMRC, the government department that is reponsible for collecting taxes) each year according to the PCS civil servants union. This equates to three-quarters of the debt. If Corporation Tax (on businesses) was returned to the level it was at in the 1980s (when Maggie Thatcher was Prime Minister!) that would cover the rest of it. There would be no need to make one single cut. We could also stop invading other people's countries and not replace Trident, our redundant, outdated nuclear weapons system (which will cost around £20 billion). Instead we are seeing our health system privatised and starved of funds (£20 billion 'efficiency savings' or cuts), comprehensive education broken up and privatised (academies) and thousands people losing their jobs, suffering a pay freeze, having their pensions raided or being moved onto lower benefits or off benefits altogether. This is a nasty vicious government and they need to be stopped. They are also a weak government and they can be stopped. The biggest trade union organised demonstration in British history (between 500,000 and 750,000 people) and the fantastic strikes on 30 June when 750,000 public sector workers walked out and 100,000 took part in rallies and 30 November when 2.5 million were on strike is fantastic. Now we need to go further and stop the government in its tracks and maybe bring them down. Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance (cornwallanticutsalliance.wordpress.com) has taken up the challenge across Cornwall and Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance is active in the Penwith area around Penzance, St. Ives and Hayle in the far west of Cornwall. We have organised a protest and petition hand-in to local MP Andrew George over the health and social care bill, taken people to the marches and rallies organised by Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance, organised a protest and birthday celebration at West Cornwall Hospital on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of the NHS, campaigned against the cuts to West Cornwall Hospital and against the closure of the Remploy factory in Longrock. We meet every other Monday at 7pm in the Crown pub at the bottom of Bread Street in Penzance. For more info, or to join us, email us at pzanticuts@hotmail.co.uk, leave us a message on our facebook group page or a comment on this site.
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