Local Government Service Cuts

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Conference
2010 Local Government Service Group Conference
Date
8 February 2010
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference notes our own NJC campaign for better services and better jobs; that public spending is coming under further attack; and local government is bearing the brunt of these attacks. The union needs to mobilise to defend our members’ jobs and to protect services vital to our communities.

Conference also notes the Public Works Campaign launched in the Scotland Region in February, the successful March and Rally held on the 10 April 2010 in Glasgow and the Stop the Cuts Toolkit which has been developed for branches.

Conference therefore instructs the Service Group Executive to launch a campaign under the “Million Voices” banner to protect council services. The campaign should include:

1)Equitable funding for the SJC to enable the sustained level of campaigning necessary to fight these unprecedented cuts to Council budgets.

2)Resources for branches, regions and the national office to lobby national politicians over central government funding for councils.

3)Resources for branches and regions to lobby local councillors about spending cuts

4)Model letters to send to newspapers.

5)Training and briefing documents for branches to better understand local government finance, including how to evaluate if budget pressures have been properly assessed, how to analyse accounts and how to understand a medium term financial plan.

6)Sharing of best practice about campaigns that are already running.

7)Briefing notes for branches and regions that can be used to get across key messages when dealing with the media.

8)Production of an action plan of key tasks for branches, regions and the national office.

9)Production of a campaign timetable highlighting the key dates and events branches need to be aware to protect services.

10)Materials that can be used to distribute to the public highlighting the vital work local government workers do. This should include example of the very direct impact of cuts on vulnerable service users.

11)Some standardised central monitoring of what branches and regions are doing so that at every level local, regional, and national so that regions and the national office can identify trends, issues and share best practice.

Conference also instructs the Service Group Executive to work with the national Labour Link Committee to develop ideas and best practice on how branches can make use of the Labour Link and the Affiliated Political Fund to progress the campaign.

Conference further instructs the Service Group Executive to work with the national General Political Fund Committee to develop ideas and best practice on how branches can make use of the General Political Fund to promote local government services.