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Harrogate Socialists were campaigning today on behalf of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Paul Viney is standing as the TUSC candidate in the High Harrogate ward for the Borough Council elections on May 7th.

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Paul is the only candidate campaigning for Harrogate Borough Council to set a budget which meets people’s needs and not pass on the cost of central government cuts to our community. The council had an underspend of around £1.4 million in 2014/15 and by councillors own admission is “flush” with reserves. Paul is calling for the underspend and reserves to be invested in local jobs and services, alongside a broad community campaign to demand that central government makes up any shortfall in funding.

Affordable housing for Harrogate!

Almost 2000 people are on Harrogate’s council house waiting list yet new council houses have not been built in the borough for over 30 years. However, Harrogate Borough Council announced in March that it was going to build a grand total of 2 new council houses! Paul is campaigning on the following policies to end Harrogate’s housing crisis:

  • Build council housing – use council reserves, underspends & affordable borrowing for a mass programme of council house building
  • Stop council house sell-offs – compulsory purchase powers should also be used on empty properties to create council housing
  • Cap rents – introduce a private sector rent cap. A compulsory register should be set up for private landlords
  • Establish a local rent council to determine fair levels of rent
  • Set up a council-run not-for-profit letting agency
  • Axe the bedroom tax – no evictions for rent arrears due to the tax or austerity cuts

TUSC 5-point pledge

TUSC are standing in 135 parliamentary seats and 650 council seats across England, Scotland and Wales. The TUSC 5-point election pledge provides a genuine alternative to the pro-austerity establishment parties:

1. End cuts and austerity. For a democratic socialist society run in the interests of the millions and not the billionaires

2.Trade union rights to fight low pay. £10 an hour minimum wage now, scrap zero hour contracts

3. Scrap student fees. Free education as a right for all

4. For democratic public ownership of our NHS, railways, public services, utilities and banks

5. A mass council home building programme and immediate introduction of rent controls

For the BBC’s report of the TUSC campaign launch, see:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32254035

For full details of the TUSC election campaign see:

http://tusc2015.com/

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