(a) states the working poor and their families are under attack, and are loosing the battle. Wages have fallen for the poorest due to benefit changes and wage compression.
These issues and related problems are a direct result of “Austerity” policies perpetrated by current and previous governments. The poorest in society are bearing the majority of the cuts, and the government is shifting its debt onto them, creating more hardship and reducing state services to the most needy.
(b) further states at the same time the government is creating an additional £60bn of Quantitative Easing to spend in the financial markets.
This makes a total Quantitative Easing package so far to be deployed of £435bn.
Imagine what good could have been made of this kind of financial clout for the benefit of society as a whole.
(c) notes under the current government this theme of the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer will continue, it is a disgrace that this situation has been allowed to proceed as far has it has.
(d) asks where is the opposition? Where is the alternative economic policy?
(e) condemns the system of planned corporate control, known as “Globalisation” which was created by stealth and deception, a system that benefits the financial interest of the City of London at the expense of the rest of us.
(f) believes we need Quantitative Easing for the people, investing in the real economy, help finance small businesses who still find it difficult to secure funding.
Make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses with 250 employees or less to tender for public sector contracts.
(g) also believes this money could allow young people to start an apprenticeship in place of four non-core subjects at GCSE level. Abolish tuition fees for those studying science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.
(h) further believes a policy of re-nationalising our Railways, Transport System, Utilities and services would benefit, in the future, society as a whole.
(i) places on record at this moment we have a system of Socialism for the Bankers and Capitalism for the Workers.
That this Council:-
|(a) requests that officers collate a detailed inventory of European Union (EU) funded ongoing and pending projects benefiting Sheffield, with the overview for post-“Brexit” continuity;|
|(b) calls on the Government to ensure that the stated payment to the EU (of £350m before rebate/£240m after rebate, per week, of which £165m per week is returned “re-packaged” as EU funding to the UK), must be redistributed, post-“Brexit”, to demonstrably benefit every community within the UK, and notes that, in simple terms, the amount of money available to invest in the UK will increase significantly after “Brexit” in comparison to the current level of “so called EU funding”;|
|(c) calls on the Administration to work cross party to plan ahead for the city’s future regional needs, with close co-operation with Sheffield City Region, and make this new asset work;|
|(d) further believes the £240m payment to the EU per week should, post-“Brexit”, be used to benefit all our ailing and failing industries, including agriculture and fisheries, the rusting steel industry, and a patched up NHS, as well as to help with social care, the overloaded and underfunded education system and maybe even a fresh review of “Clean Coal” in the UK, plus assist local projects such as the extension of Sheffield’s Supertram network to Doncaster/Sheffield Airport, as well as the north of the city, including links to Deepcar, Stocksbridge, Grenoside and Chapeltown;|
|(e) believes that it is grossly unfair that a few multi-national corporations have been able to access all the benefits of our thriving British consumer market without making a proper contribution to the cost of British society, and that the public has every right to be angry about this;|
|(f) believes that, if the Labour Party’s ideology of nationalising some of these ailing industries has any credibility, the time is approaching for serious consideration on these issues, but that a more realistic regeneration measure would be low interest business loans, especially to a revived fishing fleet; and|
|(g) wishes to see the restoration of British tax sovereignty, which we lost when we signed up to the EU, and see a Treasury Commission set up to monitor the effectiveness of the new Diverted Profits Tax and to bring in any further measures necessary to prevent large multinational corporations using aggressive tax avoidance schemes.|
(a) believes the relentless attack on Great Britain’s coal and heavy industry continues unabated. The few remaining miners of this country, the salt of the earth, were brought to tears by the closure of Kellingley Colliery a week before Christmas.
(b) states Kellingley Colliery was the last deep coal mine in Great Britain, It is situated at Beal in North Yorkshire, three and a half miles east of Ferrybridge power station.
(c) further states the powers that be have now conspired to destroy our country’s last remaining underground kingdom of coal.
(d) notes the badges and slogans that proclaim “Coal Not Dole” around Sheffield and in this chamber have been washed away like, tears in the rain.
(e) regrets We stand on this “Royal throne of Kings, this Sceptred Isle”, with enough coal under our feet for 500 years, but now import coal from all over the world.
(f) further notes if we are to have energy security and cheap, plentiful, reliable sources of power, coal must be a part of the solution. It is a crying shame that coal will now be mined from under some other nations feet instead of our own.
(g) places on record I have come to the conclusion that politics is too important to be left in the hands of our current crop of politicians.
(h) requests that a copy of this motion should not be sent to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, as I fear it would cause bewilderment and confusion.