Defend and Extend Public Services

There’s no question that the primary battle of the whole of the Labour movement is defence of public services. TUSC’s commitment to defending these services is unequivocal.

However the call for the introduction of the Public Service Users Bill as currently worded seeks to make the in-house option the default, and require public consultation before privatisation or outsourcing and promote transparency, accountability and social value in public service contracts.

That leaves the door wide open for privatisation with the wasteful tendering exercise not only providing a bonanza for lawyers, but also suggests that privatisation of public services is a serious option.

We would give critical support to the bill, but would seek to strengthen it by moving to delete any provision for private companies to take over public service delivery.

We demand a stop to all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Privatised public services and utilities should be brought back into public ownership under democratic control.

We say re-nationalise all rail, bus and ferry services to build an integrated, low-pollution public transport system. Bring Royal Mail back into public ownership to guarantee our postal services, and bring prisons, probation, and all other parts of the justice system back into the public sector.

We support a high-quality free National Health Service under democratic public ownership and control.

We will demand a stop to council estate sell-offs and to fund councils to allow them to build high-standard, eco-friendly, affordable council housing.

We call for an end to academies and ‘free schools’ and demand good, free education for all, under democratic local authority control.

We are certainly be making public declarations in this regard via social media, media statements, and interviews, always providing we get a fair share of air time from the Media. However we rely on our supporters, such as you, to share this where you can.

Walthamstow – Nancy Taaffe

I’m a socialist and a Socialist Party member who has fought very cut and privatisation in my home borough of Waltham Forest for nearly 30 years. I’m proud that we stood our ground when privatisation was put forward by all politicians as the answer to every problem.

I stood for parliament in 2005 against then Labour MP Neil Gerrard who debated with me and said that PFI at our local hospital was “the only show in town”. That ‘show’ has led to our stroke unit being closed and moved miles away. When the devastation caused by privatisation wasn’t immediately apparent, we made it clear that future generations would be damaged and disadvantaged by it. Sadly, I believe we were right.

I had my two children in the local hospital Whipps Cross and they went to local schools. I worked for Waltham Forest libraries for 12 years before my job was deleted in 2012 due to cuts. So I have been both a user of public services and a provider of them.

I loved my job in the library – serving local school children and the elderly who were housebound made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile. I shall never forgive those who elevated their salaries and expenses and gladly cut jobs and services for the Tories and their mates in the city.

This is part of the reason why I am standing, I want to whistleblow in the most public arena, an election. I want to tell the truth about the crime of austerity being perpetrated against working class communities and their families.

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Public meetings
A provisional college debate on 26th march
A provisional NUT debate 31st march
Fundraiser on 18th April
Trades council  – provisional date 22nd April