It was a cold and slightly wet Saturday morning, but a determined group of protesters made their feelings known about Brent Council spending £102 million on a new Civic Centre, yet the Council say they have no money for Housing the Counihans, Keeping seven libraries open, providing medical treatment for Joe McPhillips…
We spoke to the group of people who were on a guided tour of the Civic Centre and they too were sympathetic. Our issue is not with members of the public, or the construction workers – on the contrary, we believe the Council should embark on a construction programme for genuinely affordable housing, which would create hundreds of jobs in the area.
Afterwards, we went to Wembley Tube Station to hand out leaflets, building for the mass demonstration on 1st December in Kilburn.
TUSC call on Brent Labour Council to:
- Refuse to implement all the Con-Dem cuts
- In the short term, use the Council reserves and loans to fund a budget to meet the needs of the population.
- Support the Counihan Campaign, Trade Unions, community groups and the public to build a mass movement against austerity to halt Central Government’s plans to force austerity cuts should the councillors take a fighting stand.
- Campaign for Central Government to fully fund a needs-based Council budget. Corporations are sitting on £850 billion and avoid £120 billion in taxes per year, so the money is out there to make austerity history! In the absence of a campaign from Labour, we must stand our own councillors in elections on an anti-cuts basis!