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.