Nearly £1m to be cut from Early Years Education and Children‘s Centres. Loss of childcare from the Bishop’s House and South Bermondsey Children’s Centres. 24 Nursery Officers & 6 domestic staff CUT.
Total cut of most of the 10 open access youth clubs (20% of Southwark population are under 15). 60% reduction in staffing.
50% cut to ‘Connexions’ careers service which helps single parents, young offenders and other young people find jobs. 20 people chase every job vacancy in Southwark.
Closure of either Fred Francis Day Centre or Southwark Park Day Centre - which look after older people with mental health conditions.
45% funding cut to Maroons - a centre which caters for BME mental health patients
Councillors – you should stand with the people, not the government.
The Council dress cuts up as ‘targeting’, ‘restructuring’, or ‘redesigning’ services. But they will cut deep into services needed by the vulnerable. Cuts mean job losses, increased workloads, and pay cuts. Councillors claim they don’t like cuts but they are making them anyway. It’s like being mugged for £100 and the thief throws back £10, expecting you to be thankful!
Bad – yes, and even worse to come
We saw how cuts last year slashed council jobs and increased workloads to impossible levels. This will continue unless we stop the cuts going through. Service users and council employees must stand side by side to stop the government cutting our precious services to shreds. George Osborne has promised another 3 YEARS of cuts after this. His agenda is clear:
Increase privatisation profit-hungry companies taking over health, education and environ- mental services.
Cuts in pay year-on-year, in public and private sectors - unless you are a leader of one of the UK’s top 100 companies, whose pay increased by 47% last year.
Attacking pensions (work longer, pay more, die younger). The Government could wipe out the deficit by preventing £120 billion in tax avoidance by companies like Vodafone.
THERE IS A FIGHTBACK
Last week, 8 Labour councillors resigned rather than make cuts in Glasgow. Councillors should act on principles, not party allegiances condemning us to years of austerity.
Over 2 million trade unionists went on strike in November for decent pensions and against a government of millionaires who are making us pay for a crisis we didn’t create.
Demonstrate LOUDLY this Wed 29 Feb, 6 pm at Peckham Town Hall. Tell everyone.
Get your trade union branch, campaign group, residents association, service-user group etc.
to back the demonstration; (see Facebook event ‘Southwark F29 against the Cuts’)