MEETING: Fighting local government cuts

We are bringing together activists across local government unions, community campaigns and the Labour Party to discuss how we can stop local government cuts and defend our communities.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Sean Fox, UNISON Chair of the National Joint Council Committee

Susan Matthews, Unite Branch Secretary and Executive Council member

Andy Prendergast, GMB Southern Region Lead Officer for Public Services

Duncan Morrison, Lewisham NEU Branch Secretary

Councillor James McAsh

Chaired by Ruth Cashman, Lambeth UNISON

The government must fund local councils properly for the first time in more than a decade in order to keep communities safe and rebuild the country after the pandemic. Unless ministers fix the current funding shortfall – estimated to be in the region of £10bn – there could be tens of thousands of job losses and catastrophic cuts to local services in England, according to the union.

Many of the people providing essential services throughout the pandemic – including social care, waste collection and environmental health workers – could soon be out of work, despite councils having a central role in keeping people safe in the months ahead.