Local Manifesto Pledges

The Local Manifesto Pledges initiative is a campaign to persuade the main political parties in all London boroughs to sign up to five policies that will support Live Performance in the capital.

Equity’s London branches have created a list of policies, that would help develop this sector, to put live entertainment on the agenda in the run up to the capital’s local elections in May.

The campaign asks parties to recognise that Live Performance is a vital part of civic culture, which should be at the heart of a borough’s mission, whether in public health, a growing and diverse local economy, or improving educational attainment and community cohesion.

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Counting the cost of Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) for public services and workers

Public meeting – All welcome!
Hosted by Waltham Forest Trades Council
Thursday 8th February
10 Truro Rd, Walthamstow, E17 7BY
7.15pm Exhibition
The Private Finance Initiative— How come we’re
still paying for this?
8pm Speakers:
John McDonnell Labour Party Shadow Chancellor
Helen Mercer, People vs PFI
Jim Fagan, Waltham Forest Save our NHS
Len Hockey, Unite Barts Branch Secretary

The collapse of Carillion has rightly put the spotlight on the role of Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) in running our public services, bearing out fears trade unions and campaigners have been expressing for years.

PFI is about creaming off profits for private sector fat cats whilst our public services have to make cuts to service PFI debts.… Read on ...

Carillion statement from Blacklist Support Group

Carillon admitted in the High Court that they blacklisted workers who complained about safety on their building sites, while at the same time milking public sector contracts for millions. Workers on projects run by Carillon need to be paid and are entitled to their pensions but no more public money should be given to the bosses of the disgraced company. In any civilized society, these people would be facing criminal charges.

When you invite blacklisting human rights abusers to run the NHS and school meals, don’t be surprised when vampire capitalism attempts to suck the taxpayer dry. The government should bail out the NHS not Carillon or their bankers.… Read on ...

Open Letter to Sadiq Khan

Save Walthamstow’s Town Square

To Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
CC Deputy Mayor (Housing) James Murray

Dear Mr Khan,

I would like first to congratulate you on managing to secure 50% genuinely affordable homes in the former Holloway Prison redevelopment. I was also delighted to hear in your LBC phone-in with James O’Brien on 4th January that you are going to insist on a minimum of 50% genuinely affordable homes as a firm requirement for all agreements with developers on land under your control, and that you have redefined ‘affordable’ in terms of average income rather than the market values of properties.… Read on ...