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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 We could also stop invading other people's countries and not replace Trident, our redundant, outdated nuclear weapons system (which will cost around £20 billion).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 ( 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, leave us a message on our facebook group page or a comment on this site.

Cornwall Council democratically deposes undemocratic leader

Around thirty people demonstrated outside County Hall today, on the day councillors were debating a motion of no confidence in the council leader, Alec Robertson. The lively protest, organised by Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance and Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance, had lots of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Letter to the Cornishman regarding the doctor’s strike

Dear Cornishman, Doctors all over Cornwall are taking industrial action today (Thursday 21 June) in the first national doctors’ strike since 1975. Clearly this is not action that is being taken lightly and we believe it should be given the … Continue reading

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Launch of Summer 2012 Newsletter

  We have launched our all-new, redesigned, four page newsletter for Summer 2012. Campaigners are out right now delivering them through doors in Penzance.   This issue focuses on the fightback against the Tory assault on our living standards, particularly the … Continue reading

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Support the strikes on 10 May

On Thursday 10 May, hospital workers in the Unite union, civil servants in the PCS union and college and university lecturers in the UCU union are going on strike. The dispute is primarily about the Tory-led government’s attack on their … Continue reading

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Stop the Closure of the local Remploy Factory

Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance are currently campaigning against the government’s proposed closure of the Remploy factory in Longrock near Penzance, Cornwall. Around 400 people signed a petition in two hours on Saturday 7 April despite a rain shower. We will also … Continue reading

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New campaign group launched to defend West Cornwall Hospital

On Monday 31 October, we held a meeting which we opened to all local groups and individuals. That meeting voted to set up a new campaign ‘Hands Off Our Hospital’. We will be inviting everyone that wishes to defend the … Continue reading

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