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Clashes erupt at HSBC Cambridge CircusLetter to UK Uncut members by members of the Solidarity Federation in the aftermath of the disorder on the March 26 TUC organised March for the Alternative.

We're writing this to you to try and prevent the anti-cuts struggle being split up and weakened by the media.

We are anarchists (well, anarcho-syndicalists, technically) – a word that is much misunderstood and misrepresented. We are also students, workers and shop stewards. We co-organised a 'Radical Workers Bloc' on the South London feeder march. The aim was to provide a highly visible radical presence within the workers movement of which we are a part, advocating strikes, occupations and civil disobedience.

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Around half a million people* from every corner of the UK attended the national TUC anti-cuts 'March for An Alternative' on Saturday 26 March in central London. It was believed to be the second largest demonstration in UK history**.

The Haringey Alliance for Public Services had distributed 50,000 special leaflets in the week leading up to the demonstration and it is estimated that 5-10,000 Haringey residents and workers would have joined it throughout the day, hundreds of them choosing to meet up at local tube stations before going down together. The main march from the Embankment to Hyde Park was joined by a number of feeder marches (HAPS contingents joined the 5,000-strong north London march from Holborn), and there were other related protests in Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square and elsewhere in the area.

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This is the list of cuts that Haringey council voted through on Thursday 24 February. Even a quick glance makes it obvious that these cuts will hit the most vulnerable the hardest. 

 

YOUNG PEOPLE

* Youth Service budget to be cut by 75 per cent to around £650,000, saving £1.96million by 2013. Eight youth centres closed already, the remaining five under threat.

* Connexions careers advice service for vulnerable young people reduced by 75 per cent saving £1.64million.

* Childrens centre service reduced and targeted at most vulnerable, saving £6.52million by 2013.

 

OLDER PEOPLE

* Cranwood Older People’s Home in Muswell Hill and Broadwater Lodge Older People’s Home in Tottenham to close by April 2013, saving £1.1million.

* Red House Residential Care Home in South Tottenham, providing care for dementia patients and the frail, to close by April 2013, saving £714,000.

* Whitehall Residential Home in Tottenham, for people with learning difficulties, to close by April 2012, saving £237,000.

* Four drop-in centres for older people to close by summer 2011, saving £234,000 - Abyssinia Court in Crouch End, Willoughby Road in Hornsey, The Drop-in Centre at The Irish Centre in Tottenham, and Woodside House in Wood Green.

* The Haven Day Centre in Tottenham, for people with physical disabilities, to close by April 2012, and The Grange Day Centre in White Hart Lane, Tottenham, to merge with The Haynes Day Centre in Crouch End by April 2012, saving £234,000.

* Woodside Day Centre in Wood Green, used by 45 vulnerable older people, to close by April 2012, saving £149,000.

* Jacksons Lane Luncheon Club to lose £10,000 for a part-time worker by April 2011, leaving its future unclear.

 

VULNERABLE PEOPLE

* Haringey’s home care service, offering personal care to vulnerable adults, to cease by April 2012, saving £1.06million.

* Overhaul and reduction of adult social care, saving £5million by 2012. Services to be amalgamated into “one generic floating support service” to give “some support” to people in their own homes.

* Reducing training of social workers for adults and children, saving £282,000.

 

COUNCIL (PUBLIC-FACING)

* Closure of Hornsey and north Tottenham walk-in customer services centres, saving £551,000 but putting pressure on remaining Wood Green and South Tottenham centres. No centre at all in west Haringey.

* Council call centre hours cut from 8am-6pm to 9am-5pm, saving £30,000.

* Libraries’ books and staffing budget cut by £200,000. No libraries to close.

* Libraries’ management system costs reduced and Bruce Castle Museum staff cut, saving £384,000.

* Increasing residents’ parking permits and pay and display rates, generating extra £1million by 2013.

* Allotment charges to rise by £9 per year, earning an extra £22,000.

* Cut 19 Parks staff to save £660,000, leading to 50 per cent drop in maintenance.

* Sell Coles Park in Tottenham and redevelop/improve White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, saving current annual deficit of £478,000

* Leisure centres to be privately managed, saving £500,000 by 2013

* Commercial leasing of parks facilities, saving £100,000 by 2013

* Reduced response to noise complaints, including stopping out-of-hours response service, saving £180,000.

* Scrapping neighbourhood management service, transferring key functions to other services, saving £1.4million.

* Scrap funding for police overtime for specific ‘high priority targets’, saving £305,000.

 

COUNCIL (INTERNAL)

* Around 1,200 jobs - or 20 per cent of the council’s workforce - to go, including one in three managers which alone will save £2.5million. Predicted redundancy costs £25million.

* Cutbacks in mobile phone use by council staff saving £150,000.

* No free tea and coffee at council vending machines saving £50,000.

* Cutting translation budget by 60 per cent to save £120,000.

* Council buildings cleaned less often, saving £300,000.

* Redundancies in the legal dept, saving £765,000.

* Redundancies/overhaul of human resources dept, saving £504,000.

* Reduce planning dept to “one of the smallest in London”, saving £210,000.

* Staff not to make internal call to the council switchboard, saving £18,000.

* Fund IT upgrade by borrowing, plus other measures to save £1.2million.

* Merge some council committees, saving £125,000 from allowances for councillors to attend.

* Sharing economic development dept with Waltham Forest Council, saving £100,000 by 2013.

 

NB - some savings are calculated beyond 2011/12 and include projected savings in 2012/13.

An extremely angry protest of 300 local residents, trade unionists and representatives of community groups left councillors in no doubt as to how much opposition their cuts programme will face.

Demonstrators occupied the council chamber and held their own people's budget meeting before they were forcibly, and often violently, removed by riot police, who physically assaulted a number of protestors, arresting two.

Demonstrators were furious at the Labour Council's imposition of £87 million in cuts which will have a devastating effect on communities in one of the country's most deprived boroughs.

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Councils all over the country are facing massive opposition as they attempt to pass through huge cuts to public services. Tonight it was the turn of Lambeth, and over 200 protestors took over the council meeting and occupied the town hall, holding "People's Hearings".

Tomorrow night is Haringey's turn.  So if you live or work in Haringey, or even if you don't, please come along to the protest rally at 6.30pm outside the Civic Centre in Wood Green, N22. (tube: Wood Green)

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