Anti-Cuts Election Pledge

Anti-Cuts Election Pledge – to be sent to all council candidates ahead of elections in North Devon and Torridge in May 2011. If you would like to sign the pledge please contact us at devonanticuts [at]

If elected as a councillor, I pledge to:

Oppose by all possible means, all cuts to council jobs and services – rejecting the claim that ‘some cuts’ are necessary to our services.

This will include:

• Rejecting above inflation increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.

• Voting against the privatisation or outsourcing of council services

• Campaigning to use all the legal powers available to councils, to oppose both the cuts and government policies which impose the transfer of public services to private bodies.

• Campaigning for councils to initially use reserves and prudential borrowing powers to avoid passing on cuts, and to help mobilise a mass campaign locally to defeat the cuts and set a budget that meets the needs of the local community, demanding that the government makes up the shortfall.

• Make strenuous efforts to link local authorities who are willing to fight together to oppose the cuts.


Candidates who have signed the pledge so far:

Torridge District

Bideford East –

Gaston Dezart (United Kingdom Independence Party)

Three Moors –

Colin Jones (Green Party)

North Devon District

Bickington and Roundswell –

Rodney Sheridan Cann (Independent)

Bratton Fleming –

Ian Godfrey (Green Party)

Braunton West –

Elizabeth Wood (Green Party)

Central Town (Barnstaple) –

Gerrard Anthony Sables (Communist Party of Britain)

Forches and Whiddon Valley (Barnstaple) –

Douglas Charles Lowe (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Fremington –

Joanne Bell (Independent)

James Bell (Independent) – Parish Council only

Newport –

Ricky Knight (Green Party)

Yeo Valley –

Paul Charles Dyer (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)


One Response to Anti-Cuts Election Pledge

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