Resolution tabled for Scarborough Borough Council meeting on Monday November 6th

Scarborough Borough is the low pay capital of Great Britain, a fact we should all be ashamed of.

Despite inward investment and the promise of potash and offshore industries we have the lowest median employee salary in the UK at £19,925 (the Great Britain figure is £28,442).

We call on Scarborough Borough Council to improve this damning state of affairs by taking the lead locally and :-

1) Paying at least the Living Wage Foundation rate to all employees

2) Working collaboratively with all existing suppliers and contractors to the council to encourage them also to pay at least the Living Wage Foundation rate

3) Working to ensure that SBC procurement and commissioning expenditure is, where possible, made in the Borough with businesses paying at least the Living Wage Foundation rate.

Sign the petition .

Cuts to Addiction Services Since 2010 [INFOGRAPHIC]

In this blog post by Paul Harold, he unveils his latest infographic titled “cuts to addiction services in England and Wales since 2012”. Since 2010, successive Tory Governments have aimed to save public money by cutting addiction services. Since addiction is often stigmatised, perhaps these politicians feel justified in cutting these unarguably essential services.

These cuts really started to take hold following the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This Act meant addiction services is now solely commissioned by local authorities and not the NHS.

Before 2012, long term Government investment in addiction services saw year-on-year decreases in drug-related deaths. These improvements have now been utterly wiped out.

Why is this the case? Read the rest of the addiction services cuts blog here.

Pay the real living wage

Dear Comrades,

Thanks to your financial contributions that have been coming in we will be able to launch a campaign next month regarding securing higher wages for the people of Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding areas. Currently we are the low wage capital of Britain (our mean employee salary stands currently at £19,925, compared to £28,442 for Britain as a whole), and this is something we must and will change. Currently the Tories plan to change this through the magic of trickle down economics (a strategy that has been proven to be at best completely ineffective), rather than an industrial and educational strategy that will create the high paid and high skilled jobs for our constituency that we so desperately need.

For this campaign we will be campaigning with leaflets and on social media.

As well as distributing these leaflets and knocking on doors, the dates for your diaries are Saturday 4th November (12 noon outside the Brunswick Shopping Centre) where we will be holding a stall in order to collect signatures for a petition to put pressure on Scarborough Borough Council to pay all their staff the real living wage as well as making it a preferred criteria in the Council’s procurement process, so that they set an example of what we want all workers in Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding areas to be paid. This will be followed on Monday 6th November with a demo outside the council offices, starting again at 12 noon. After this we will be handing out leaflets for distribution, so if you can help with that please get in touch.

We realise that not everyone is able to or would want to have a direct involvement with campaigning, but financial support is always needed. This will help us expand our campaigns and reach everyone in our constituency.

As little as a pound per month will make a big difference if all our local members contribute, so please give what you can! The best way to do this is to create a standing order to the following details:

Name: Scarborough & Whitby Labour Party
Sort code: 30-97-43
Account Number: 00426707

It is also possible to pay via the Labour website, just click on the link below and follow the instructions:

https://donate.labour.org.uk/scarborough_and_whitby/1

Alternatively you can send a cheque (made payable to Scarborough & Whitby Labour Party) to my home address (call me and ask).

Also, you can join the Labour Party 200 Club; for just £1 per number per month, you can be in with the chance of winning a cash prize (currently £30). The easiest way to pay is by standing order to the following details:

Name: Scarborough & Whitby Constituency Labour Party 200 Club
Sort code: 40-40-22
Account Number: 61343289

Don’t forget you can help us raise funds for free when you shop online by using easyfundraising. Simply join easyfundraising and then you can collect free donations for us every time you buy something online, and it won’t cost you a penny extra. Just visit the following web address on how to do this:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/swlp/

Scarborough & Whitby is now in the top 50 seats regarding how close we are to the Conservatives, and as we need to win about 60 seats at the next election for an overall majority, it’s vital we win in our constituency if we are going to have a Corbyn led government after the next election (whenever that maybe). This means we must continue to build on the momentum that we currently have.

If you wish to contact me for more information regarding financial matters or the 200 club, please feel free at: treasurer@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net or on 07885 756605. Please let me know if you have set up a standing order for the 200 club.

In Solidarity,

Alex Shaw
S&W CLP Treasurer
Tel: 07885756605

Bursting another neo-liberal myth

Following on from the first political discussion meeting held in September in Whitby on AUSTERITY MYTHS some members raised the issue that additional government spending, which is the distinguishing policy feature of our 2017 manifesto could lead to inflation.

Neo- liberals political strategy seeks to establish as fact that there is no economic alternative to AUSTERITY by creating a popular common sense ( Gramsci ) about economics that once established precludes consideration of economic and political choice. This strategy of the RIGHT is dangerous because it undermines democracy by denying that there is a place in politics for fundamental differences between political parties – hence we end up with all parties presenting themselves as in the centre and as moderate. Popular reaction is naturally -‘they are all the same’. However this changed in 2017 with Labour presenting a LEFT manifesto, and the rest is history.

Just like the myth that there is no MONEY TREE this inflation myth has no substance.

But first what is inflation ? – simply it is a general increase in prices through out the economy and can be measured in a number of ways – but that is another story.

The neo-liberal explanation is that increases in demand and the amount of money in the economy lead to inflation, and strangely their charge is that it is government spending that is responsible for this!! – therefore government spending must be cut !!

The following are some of the reasons why this charge is groundless and hopefully will give Labour Party members the confidence to support the 2017 manifesto with conviction.

1 Since the banking crash of 2007/8 governments have through the Bank of England printed electronically £435bn and injected this into the U.K. economy. Similar action has taken place in the U.S. and the Eurozone. In all these cases inflation has been stable or fallen over the last 10 years.

2 The vast majority of money in any economy is created by private sector high street banks as they create loans – in the U.K. 95%, and in the U.S. the percentage is even higher, and so if the neo-liberal theory is partially correct they are aiming at the wrong target – the solution is government REGULATION of the amount of lending by the private banks.

3 If an economy has spare productive capacity i.e. factories are producing less than they are capable of producing, and there is under employment as in the U.K. at present, inflation is most unlikely.

4 If firms have spare capacity they are most likely to increase output than increase price as this will reduce unit costs.

5 Monopoly firms will increase price as they don’t have competition, as will oligopolistic firms (where there are a few giant firms supplying similar products) The solution here is hardly to cut government spending – but for government to REGULATE the price power of these firms.

6 How did this myth arise. During the 1970’s there was high inflation and the Trade Unions got it in the neck from the M.S.M. but an evidence approach would identify a range of other changes behind this famous episode of inflation

In the early 1970,s there were extremely large increases in oil prices which fed into all economies as O.P.E.C wielded new monopoly power, the U.S. brought to an end the post war fixed exchange rate system, and DEREGULATION of the U.K. banking system began which lead to the start of increases in private debt and an increase in the money supply and demand. All these factors were inflationary, but even in the 1970,s it was government spending that was blamed and Trade Unions seeking to defend their members living standards. Neo – Liberalism used this situation as its launch pad and it has not looked back.

7 All government spending returns to the private sector. Social security payments are spent in the private retail sector, government infrastructure spending on council housing or on environmental projects goes to private construction firms. This all creates jobs ! When Neo-Liberals argue against government spending they are arguing against a prosperous private sector. They don’t appear to understand the connections between the different sectors of an economy.

In conclusion, it is pretty clear that NEO-LIBERAL politics is about reducing the size of the state to Victorian levels and damaging both the general population and the private sector.

PhilTidy (Political Education officer, Whitby and district branch)

Call for real living wage for council employees

The Scarborough Labour Group wants the ‘real’ living wage to be re-introduced for council employees and claims the leader of the Borough Council is not taking the low living wage seriously, listen to leader of the group Steve Siddons talking to Yorkshire Coast Radio https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2376655/council-leader-not-taking-scarborough-living-wage-seriously/

Why Austerity is a Dangerous Political Choice

How many times have we been told

  • there is no money tree
  • government borrowing is madness
  • governments must balance the books
  • there is limited money
  • government spending is inflationary

ALL these statements are not realistic and merely represent a political programme commonly known as NEO-LIBERALISM/the FREE MARKET approach.
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Constituency Labour Party officers

Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party

RoleNameContact
ChairEric Barneschair@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net
Vice-ChairHugo Fearnleywhitby_chair@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net
Vice-Chair (Membership)Jackie Turnerscarborough@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net
SecretaryNick Kempsecretary@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net
TreasurerAlex Shawtreasurer@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net
Women's OfficerLouise Barnes
Young LabourAlex Bailey
BAME OfficerSubash Sharma
LBGT OfficerJohn Allsop
Trade Union Liaison OfficerTony Randerson/Paul Provins
Press OfficerChris Fairchild/Mat Watkinson
IT OfficerJohn Allsop

Some roles are shared. Where no contact details are given, please contact through the secretary.

Scarborough Branch Labour Party

Whitby and District Branch Labour Party

Labour walk out of Council meeting over row on democracy

4 July 2017
Some members of the Labour Group walked out of the full Council meeting on 3 July in protest over the lack of democracy and free speech following the Vote of No Confidence meeting the previous week (26 June) in which most councillors were denied the opportunity to speak in the debate.
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