I just sent the message below to all of my council representatives. Feel free to use it as a model for your own emails.
I am writing to you as one of my representatives to object in the strongest possible terms to Edinburgh Council’s cynical budget cuts consultation exercise.(https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/budget).
- I consider that if I participated I would become complicit in imposing further hardship on the poorest and most vulnerable in society who most rely on council services.
- Instead,I call on you, as one of my elected representatives, to present us with alternative ways of raising funds from the wealthiest in society – those who have benefited greatly from neoliberal policies in recent decades. Examples would include raising council tax for properties in the highest ratings band, imposing a land-value tax, raising income tax on the wealthiest and imposing a tourism tax.
- Where powers to make such changes do not lie with the local authority, you should demand that the Scottish Government enact the necessary legislation.
- Where the Scottish Government lacks the necessary power, it should demand that Westminster enact the appropriate legislation.
- I maintain that simply to accept the necessity of cuts at any level is to be complicit in them, and therefore I call on you to resign rather than participate in making the poor pay, yet again, for the policies of the rich.
- The UK is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It is entirely unacceptable to attack the poorest rather than ask the wealthiest to make a fair and entirely affordable contribution to the society from which they benefit.
I look forward to your response.
You can find your Edinburgh Council representatives here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/councillors/search .
Other Scottish Councils are doing similar things. For example, here is Midlothian Council’s consultation exercise – http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/press/article/641/balance_our_books_with_new_budget_simulator – and you can identify your Midlothian Council representatives here: http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/councillors.