Monthly Archives: January 2016

Press Release from Cumbernauld SSP / RISE 

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Local HMRC PCS Branch – Public Meeting 4th February 19:00PM

Our local branch members are actively involved in the fight against the draconian cuts enforced in our area by the local council, and through trade unions, pressure groups and of course our local RISE circle. The SSP / RISE will of course be fully involved in this campaign, and with this in mind have agreed to support the meeting by helping to advertise an upcoming meeting through our social media channels. Please read the below statement from the Cumbernauld HMRC PCS branch, which contains details of the meeting on Thursday the 4th February in the Link Community Centre at 19:00 PM.

“PCS Cumbernauld Revenue Branch has agreed to organise a public meeting to join up the campaign to defend jobs, services and the local community in the Cumbernauld area. This was agreed at the previous meeting held in the new town hall at the end of November as a result of the site closure announcement of the Cumbernauld tax office.

PCS branch believes with a loss of approximately 1,500 jobs at the tax office by 2019/20 allied to an annual cull of thousands of council jobs at North Lanarkshire Council that it is time to unite our community in opposition to these decisions which will impact on this area for years to come. Therefore it is our belief that our community whether through campaign groups, trades unions, third sector organisations, small businesses and the like need to unite and challenge the devastation that will follow. Cumbernauld Town Centre and surrounding areas will deteriorate further as disposable cash will reduce. Services to children, the elderly and the vulnerable will worsen as council budget cuts bite further. Charities, third sector organisations and advice centres will be placed under further pressure to assist with meagre resources. Everyone in this area will suffer as result of these political decisions. UK government plans to centralise HMRC jobs not only diminish the quality of service but potentially risk further tax evasion and avoidance. North Lanarkshire Council plans of £45 million cuts to be voted on in early February will lead to over 1,000 jobs lost and the subsequent suffering will follow with people forced to make difficult choices on how to survive. The rise in food banks in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth is a disgrace. Enough is enough in the view of the PCS Cumbernauld Revenue Branch. It is our responsibility to defend our members, their families and the people of Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire at large to challenge the predominate view that nothing can be done and this is inevitable. It is our view that this is the most important issue in Cumbernauld at this time and for the immediate future in what will happen to this community. We have witnessed the destruction of so many communities across the country over the past thirty years and do not wish this to happen here. Therefore the Public Meeting will be in the Link Community Centre, Room GP3 on Thursday 4th February at 7pm. Speakers will be from the PCS, UNISON and North Lanarkshire Fights Back group. We call on the local community to attend the meeting and join the start of this campaign to save our town and the surrounding areas.


John Miller, PCs Cumbernauld Branch Vice-President ”

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917


January 2016 Cumbernauld SSP Newsletter

Another Big Year?

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The beginning of a new year can be a time to look forward and plan for the future. The same applies for the SSP. We have to consider what 2016 will bring and again it has the potential to be a big year for our party in Scotland.

The year begins with the threat of cuts hanging over North Lanarkshire and councils across Scotland. 45 million pounds is to be cut, threatening over 1000 jobs. This is the reality of Tory austerity where our jobs and services are on the line. It is also the reality of SNP and Labour pointing the finger at one and other rather than living up to their anti-austerity rhetoric by building resistance to Westminster’s cuts. Resistance has to be built to these cuts and we will begin the year campaigning with others to protect jobs and services.

The year will continue towards May and the Scottish Parliamentary elections. The SSP is standing as part of RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, an alliance of left wing organisations and individuals that will be looking to maximise support for socialist policies in May.

RISE is standing candidates across the eight regions in Scotland, including Central Region that includes Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. SSP members are well represented on the lists and in Central local SSP member Kevin McVey tops the list. There is an alternative to austerity and that lies in building an opposition movement to the free market economics that creates it and we will be doing all we can this year, as in others, to build that socialist alternative.

Our meetings this month will make our plans for 2016. They will take part on Thursday 14th and 28th January in The Link at 7.30pm.

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917