False Economy is for everyone concerned about the impact of the government’s spending cuts on their community, their family or their job.
It is brought to you by local campaigners, those who rely on or support good public services and those who work to supply them.
False Economy’s supporters want to build the broadest possible movement that can get the government to change direction.
Of course the country has been damaged by the recession, but there are alternatives to these deep, rapid cuts.
The government’s cuts are unfair, risk the fragile economic recovery and fail to make those who caused the crash pay a proper contribution through the tax system to clearing up the mess they made.
False Economy is not a top-down national organisation.
We recognise that there will be many campaigns against cuts, with some based locally, others that link up people in particular sectors, and others that bring together national organisations. Not all will agree on every aspect or share the same priorities.
But while we welcome and respect this diversity, we believe that we will be more effective when we work together, share information and pool resources.
False Economy will grow and develop as the campaign develops, but we launch with these initial objectives:
- To gather and map information and personal testimony about the cuts and their effects
- To show that there are alternative economic approaches
- To provide resources and tools for campaigners and campaign groups
False Economy is for everyone who thinks the coalition is cutting too much, too fast and wants to do something about it.
False Economy working group
False Economy came about through discussions between on-line activists, campaigners and trade unions. Out of this a small working group was formed to guide the creation of False Economy.
- Guy Aitchison, openDemocracy
- Kate Belgrave, katebelgrave.com
- Alison Charlton, Unison
- Nishma Doshi
- Deborah Grayson, Mutiny
- Sunny Hundal, Liberal Conspiracy
- Chaminda Jayanetti, A Thousand Cuts
- Becky Luff, The Cuts Won’t Work
- Adam Ramsay, No Shock Doctrine for Britain
- Clifford Singer
- Nigel Stanley, TUC
- Duncan Weldon, Duncan's Economic Blog
- Stuart White, Oxford Save our Services
We are grateful to initial financial support from the TUC, Unison, PCS, Captain Ska, Unite, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Fire Brigades Union. We are now seeking further funding.
During its first (and most recent) financial year, Dec 2010-Nov 2011, False Economy was funded by a £55,000 grant from the TUC, which included contributions from Unison, PCS, Unite, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Fire Brigades Union. In the interests of transparency we are committed to declaring all donors who have given £5000 or more.