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Southwark Labour councillors raise concerns over TTIP

08 January 2016
Gavin Edwards Southwark Labour councillors have raised their concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in a motion to full council. 

Labour councillors highlighted their concerns about the impact that TTIP could have on local services and employment. Labour councillors also argued that TTIP could effectively prevent public services from being brought back in-house by the council, which could have a negative impact on Southwark where significant improvements have been made by bringing services back in-house, such as the council’s revenues and benefits service in 2011.

Cllr Gavin Edwards, who put forward the Labour motion on TTIP, said: “Like many of our local party members and campaigners Southwark Labour councillors have real concerns over TTIP, which we have highlighted in a motion to full council. 

“There has been no impact assessment of TTIP on local authorities and no consultation with local government representatives. TTIP could have a detrimental impact on local services in boroughs like Southwark, where we have successfully brought services back in-house. That’s why we are calling for a full impact assessment and real consultation with local authorities before any decision is made on TTIP.”

Southwark Labour councillors have called for a thorough impact assessment of TTIP on local authorities to be undertaken and agree to raise their concerns with the secretary of state, MPs and MEPs, and to join with other local authorities and local campaigners to raise awareness about concerns over TTIP.


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