Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Suffolk Coalition For Public Services Protest on 27th November.

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For the Unemployed, we need to stop the cuts in Housing Benefit, and other cuts on Welfare. 

Suffolk County Council proposes to hive off most of its services to private companies, ‘social’ enterprises’ and voluntary groups (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11398678.)

It’s suggested that libraries and other County Council services will see volunteers replacing paid staff.

We wonder how long it will be before the unemployed are ‘volunteered‘ to work for their dole in these areas?


Written by Andrew Coates

November 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

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  1. Lets not forget about…

    SCC Chief Huge Salary
    Suffolk Police Chief Huge salary*
    MP Expenses

    * = http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/news/suffolk_police_chief_earns_more_than_prime_minister_1_732561

    Work Programme

    November 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    • Also: http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/news/suffolk_unions_march_in_defiance_of_public_spending_cuts_1_729711

      CAMPAIGNERS are today preparing to march through the county town in protest over the mass cull of public sector workers and the off-loading of services.

      The Suffolk Coalition for Public Services have been collecting signatures in Ipswich over the past four weeks in protest to the widely-publicised cuts.

      And having realised the strength of feeling and the level of concern, they have now confirmed plans for a march and rally on Saturday, November 27.

      They said today that elderly people and their carers have expressed concern over the proposed closure of care homes and day centres while young parents are angry about proposed cuts in child benefit.

      A spokesman said: “Teachers are worried about a second cut in pensions in two years and even young people, not known for their zeal in signing petitions, are worried and anxious about the lack of jobs, getting to university, the scrapping of Educational Maintenance Allowances and the proposed astronomical leap in tuition fees.

      “The prospect of starting a career after graduating with possible debts of £50,000 plus is impacting on the plans of many teenagers and their parents.”

      Andrew Coates

      November 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      • I think the £50,000 (plus) debt figure is a bit high.

        Some would argue this isn’t significant but picking a scenario of say perhaps 2% of people in said situation to try and emphasis a point is misleading.

        It should be reported as those in the main bracket, you know the majority of people but also quoting that some may have debts of that much.

        Saying “possible” is absolute nonsense… Debt of £200,000 is possible if you get involved with a loan shark”… my point proven?

        As for responsible lenders… banks will typically give student loans to those with a letter of acceptance proving a place at uni with no questions asked. This said, I can’t see many banks giving loans and overdrafts anywhere near that amount for our new uni. Also, you used to be able to get a loan or credit card from multiple banks but I believe they have now tackled this and share a database.

        It is important to stress that most students will be getting loans to help them get by… and not have a spending spree getting loans of more then they need.

        The average salary (including waged workers) for an employed person in Ipswich is approx £14k and that is with experience (includes part time jobs but excludes all sales jobs with bonuses and commission etc.)

        UCS fees are here: http://www.ucs.ac.uk/support/studentFinance/TuitionFees.aspx

        Of course, they have much more outgoings then Tuition Fees but even if they didn’t or couldn’t get a part time job to help, I think the £50k plus figure is in cloud cuckoo land.

        Andy, do you have any idea of the numbers who may be attending? Also, where is the path of the march going to be?

        Work Programme

        November 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

      • There’s been a lot of support from people, and a real ‘buzz’.

        Route: Assemble at Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich
        11.20 March on the following route – Russell Road to Princes Street, north to
        the Buttermarket, proceed to Upper Brook Street, turn left, proceed to Tavern Street, march along Tavern Street, through Cornhill, along
        Westgate Street to St Matthews Roundabout. Left into Civic Drive
        to arrive at Wolsey Theatre forecourt at approx. 12 noon.
        12 noon Rally with speakers

        Andrew Coates

        November 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      • Is it by pavement or road?

        Creating extra traffic congestion normally gets the point across I think.

        I really hope people turn up in great numbers to support this.

        Work Programme

        November 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm

  2. Does outsourcing all services mean the CEO becomes redundant? That would be a sweet although of little comfort with the effects of the cuts.

    Of course, her job is safe. She will be doing less work. Getting more money (long term when salary rises). I hope this is raised at the protest and rally.

    I have to say we live in a completely **** society when a Government internally makes a silly decision (such as the CEO) and the taxpayers AND voters, do not get a say in the matter or have the power to remove such a person from office.

    It is about time the people could launch a coup (using such term loosely) to take over local Government when the vast majority of relevant (i.e. local) citizens raise a vote of no confidence.

    Work Programme

    November 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  3. Why as an anarchist would I want to join a, basically, socialist campaign to defend the state wholesale?

    I couldn’t give toss about the British Film Council for starters.

    And remember, this campaign will also defend six-figure salaries for doctors, headteachers, top coppers, the privatising klepto-bureaucrat class and all the other tossers directly responsible for dominating our lives.

    Presumably once I’ve successfully “defended” these tossers they’re get on with the job of fucking up my life again?

    Defending services and the money that go direct to the working class makes some sense. a wholesale campaign to defend the state is bollocks and just sows the seeds of our continuing oppression.

    Bristol Brush

    November 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    • The campaign is for public services, not private greed.

      Suffolk County Council is preparing to close, to sell off and cut services such as Youth Clubs, Homes for the Elderly, Shop Mobility (mobile transport for people who have difficulty walking), Home Care (help for those housebound), Libraries, Connexions (careers), Crossing People (Lollypop), Country Parks, and Social Services.

      Are you the Bristol lot who went on the anti-cuts demo there with a ‘smash the state’ banner?

      Perhaps you should join up with the Right Hon. Benedict Gummer, Ipswich MP.

      He reads Chomskey too.

      Andrew Coates

      November 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

  4. Why should anyone who wins £100 million on the Lottery be allowed to continue to lice in a council house – is that fair?

    Call me a Conundrum

    November 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

  5. we need a march solely for the unemployed

    a march for sustainable paid jobs a march for less punitive action and a march against forced unpaid labour!

    Ed Milipede

    November 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    • The unemployed need to mobilise and fight for their best interests. Fighting other interest groups battles is a mug’s game. Because when the dust settles the unemployed are going to find themselves left far behind.

      Foot Soldier

      November 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

  6. Will Tony Benn be in attendance? Can we expect to be entertained by satirical mime artists?

    Foot Soldier

    November 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  7. Is this the same TUC that could have stopped workfare slave labour schemes from getting off the ground in the first place? Thought not!

    Ribble Valley

    November 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

  8. Who is planning to join this protest march and rally?

    Work Programme

    November 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    • Me.

      Loads of the students who were out this week.

      The trade unions.

      Local community groups.

      The hundreds of Ipswich people who signed out petitions in the last weeks.

      Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

      Andrew Coates

      November 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      • I hope to be able to make it. I will probably bring a camera with me. I hope there will be a big turnout. Is there a next step of action planned?

        They seem to be hell-bent on going through with this silly idea. I have noticed “Dave” has shown support for Iceni… finally. I mean, I expect he is supporting one element for every part of the country. It doesn’t wash with me though. I can see through it all.

        Whether the Iceni project survives or not… I, nor anyone else won’t see the significance of the tory cu’ts intervening. They are not going to be able to gain the public trust and confidence. They could be gone within a few months. I just hope it is not that long.

        Students plan to protest again next Tuesday, meaning… potentially they will protest again on the following Monday. This is all well and good…. but all the other issues are being overlooked. I still don’t realise how the unemployed are not organising something similar. OK, they don’t have the advantage of students however but they can still use the social networking sites etc.

        Work Programme

        November 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      • I’d say up to 600 people came to the March – despite the snow and freezing wind.

        There were banners from UNITE, CWU, NUT, FBU, UNISON, PCS and the Labour Party. People from socialist groups, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party, sold papers.

        Representatives from the unions talked to the final rally, plus David Ellesmere from the Borough Labour Group.

        They were passionate and hammered home the anti-cuts message with great clarity.

        Union speakers called for more decisive action, particularly the Postal workers (CWU) who face privatisation and sackings. The Fireworkers (FBU) are also threatened with severe cuts.

        The crowd responded well.

        On the request of UNISON, Kathy Pollard, the leader of the County Liberal Democrat Group, spoke.

        She was less well received.

        A group of school and FE students made the best speeches.

        Full of joyous freedom.

        Evening Star report:


        Andrew Coates

        November 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      • Totally agree Andy… the students speech is what is needed at protests against EMA cuts and increase in fees etc. I thought they delivered excellently. I hope they can take centre stage in next week’s London protests too.

        I thought people were a lil rude towards Kathy, however, it is my understanding that MP’s and councillors are free to drop their political party and become independent. (Thus keep their job etc.)

        I somewhat understand that in some cases it is best to keep with the political party to try and change its direction, however, in this case Lib Dems leadership direction cannot change under this Government. Clegg is very much like Cameron. They will not be doing any U-turns and going against the Conservative plans. They will be towing the Con-servative line. Membership to a particular political party doesn’t indicate whether the person will be in favour of Government proposed ideas. However, (although I have not researched it) I am yet to hear about a Con-servative MP etc. who are opposing the cuts etc.

        I also thought there was a great turnout of people. The weather didn’t dampen spirits. Although I don’t recall town shoppers deciding to join in (I obviously couldn’t monitor everyone etc. so could be wrong) I felt there was more than just people waiting for the march to go through the town. People did seem to be listening and taking an interest which was so great to see. I felt town shoppers had respect, sympathy and gratitude for those taking part to combat the unpopular plans on behalf of the county.

        I do hope that this isn’t a one off demonstration. If I recall correctly… 9am on 2nd December outside SCC building? It would be good to see further demonstrations coming up. Although locally/regionally they had no choice to make the cut backs via their budget – there is clear absences of leading by example, such as no pay cuts for the top people etc. and although the bad position everyone is placed in there is absolutely no valid reason to subcontract out the remaining services left with the full intention that there will be a shortfall in those services.

        Work Programme

        November 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm

  9. richard…

    excellent info, keep it coming…


    November 28, 2010 at 3:17 am

  10. The eu funds the workprogramme by what ever name it is now called through the european social fund


    November 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

  11. cc


    November 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

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