Posted on | October 20, 2010 | 2 Comments
If watching the full horror of the CSR this afternoon has made you want to kick your TV, here’s some more constructive things you can do to protest, register your feelings or just force your MP to think about their plans for a minute or two.
Make sure your MP knows how disgusted you are with the CSR
The TUC’s pre-CSR action, aimed at letting MPs know their constituents’ views on the planned cuts, is still eminently suitable for telling them how you felt watching the heart being torn out of our public services and benefits system.
Use their talking points and writing tips, or just say how you feel. Start here:
A million voices for public services
The Unison anti-cuts campaign also has a useful letter-writing tool to help you write to your MP about protecting public services. You’ll need to add your own ‘action point’ to their suggested letter. How about asking them to write back and say what they will be doing personally to prevent the cuts?
Start here: http://action.unison.org.uk/page/speakout/cuts
Fund our future: Stop education cuts
A joint demo on 10 November by the NUS and UCU. In central London, the demonstration will fight cuts in education, as well as higher fees.
Save consumer protection
Write to your MP asking them to oppose the abolition of vital watchdogs Consumer Focus (formerly the National Consumer Council) and the Office of Fair Trading. In cost-cutting times, protecting consumer rights against corporations is even more important.
Write to your MP here in two minutes: http://www.noshockdoctrine.org.uk/?p=360
Stop train fares rising by 8% a year
Campaign for Better Transport’s petition to stop regulated train fares being allowed to rise at 5% above inflation. Combined with forcing families out of inner London, these plans are yet another blow to household income that will increase poverty.
Letter to Danny Alexander here: http://bettertransport.org.uk/take_action/train-fares-inflation
Find a local campaign to support
Oxford Save Our Services is compiling and mapping info about local anti-cuts campagns around the UK.
See the map here: http://oxfordsos.org.uk/?page_id=70
Add your own local campaign via google docs here:
If you know of more or better actions, please add links via the comments.