Sunday, 13 January 2013

SSOS Organising meeting this Wednesday

Dear SSOS anti-cuts campaigners,

I hope you will be able to come to the SSOS Organising meeting this Wednesday. (7pm - 8.30pm in Room L252 at South Bank Uni London Road building SE1.)

We have four invited speakers from local groups to give an outline of the campaigns launched to stop cuts to:

    •    Disability Living Allowance –cuts to benefits entitlement
    •    Southwark Fire station – now definitely named for closure
    •    Nurseries  – redundancies of qualified staff; increasing changes to parents etc.
    •    Pensions –the latest attack on pensions is being unveiled this week

Please make every effort to attend.


Latest events notified to SSOS (additional to the listing sent to you on 4 January)

 Wednesday 16th January at 12 noon

12noon. Judicial Review of the Work Capability Assessment. A vigil will be held outside the Royal Courts of Justice near to the Upper Tribunal Courts by the Mental Health Resistance Network, supported by DPAC and other mental health and disability campaigning organisations.

Saturday 19th January

12-2pm. Initial organising meeting for a national campaign against Benefit Cuts, at Unite HQ offices, Theobalds Rd Holborn.

Called by Defend Council Housing and Disabled People Against Cuts, with support from PCS and Unite unions and other organisations.

Saturday 19th January

9.30am onwards. Battle Bus touring SE London to publicise the forthcoming demonstration to save health services in south London. News coverage of latest impact here . More details of the Battle Bus tour at   On the day, contact Rita on 07890 637 282 to check times of arrival at different leafleting points.

Tuesday 22nd January

3pm. Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meeting at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Agenda is obtainable from 

Friday, 4 January 2013

Alert: A new year of massive cuts to come in Southwark

4 January 2013

This year, there will be further swingeing cuts to Southwark Council’s services, plus increases to rents and other charges. This comes on top of cuts in real terms of £90 million in the past two years. Also, in April the government’s welfare reform agenda will really kick in. With these, and the ongoing threat to South London health services, there is plenty to protest about – and lots of campaign events that you can join. Check out our Diary listing.

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Tuesday 8 January
7pm London Keep Our NHS Public meeting at Camden Town Hall, Judd St, just off Euston Rd and nearly opposite St Pancras Station. More information from

Thursday 10 January
5.30pm onwards. Save Lewisham Hospital Protest @ BBC TV Question Time. Tell the Tories and Liberals what you think! Meeting Point: Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmith’s University, Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW. Called by the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign Facebook page:

Tuesday 15 January
7pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public meeting, Duke of Cambridge pub, 74 Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8 2DR. More details from

Wednesday 16 January
7pm.  Southwark Save Our Services Campaign planning meeting to support campaigns over nurseries, fire stations, health services, Council Tax and rent increases - and more. All welcome. South Bank University, London Road Building, SE1. For room and agenda contact:

Wednesday 16 January
6.30pm. Showing of Michael Moore's film "Sicko" by Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library at Tate Free Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. Free admission.

Friday 18 January
6pm. Setting up a singing flash mob - a new way to leaflet about what is happening to our NHS!  At Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, 5th Floor. More details from

Monday 21 January
2pm. Lobby of the next London Fire Authority meeting which will formally table proposals to shut several London fire stations. Called by the London region of the Fire Brigades Union. Assemble outside the London Fire Brigade headquarters at 169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL. Information about local stations affected at

Wednesday 23 January
7pm. “Affordable and social housing in Southwark” - a themed debate called by Southwark Council, Informal discussion from 6 pm. Assembly/main business meeting starts at 7pm. Venue: The Charter School, Red Post Hill, London SE24 9JH. Come along and make sure the anti-cuts voice is heard! Get more information from Defend Council Housing by emailing to

Saturday 26 January

12 noon. Demonstration through Lewisham and Catford in advance of Jeremy Hunt announcing his decision about the future of Lewisham Hospital and the South London Health Trust. Assemble at Lewisham Roundabout (by the station). Called by Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, supported by Lewisham KONP and other organisations. For more information and to volunteer to help distribute leaflets, visit

Tuesday 29 January
4pm. Southwark Council Cabinet meeting when the new budget will be received, and deputations will be heard. Please note this is yet to be confirmed. Agenda (or possibly a deferment of meeting) will be announced on or about 22 January. Please contact if your campaign group will attend.

Wednesday 30 January
4pm - 7.30pm. Joint Guys and St Thomas' Trust Board and Governors meeting, discussing private patient income for the hospitals - a crucial aspect of the Health Act. Venue: Governors Hall, St Thomas' Hospital. Contact

Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meet regularly at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Dates of the meeting and agenda are obtainable from 

Advance notice

Monday 4 February
10am. Banner/placard making for “Warm-up” Protest (See 6 February, below) at Southwark Pensioners Centre, 307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ. Details of SPAG events here . More details about Warm-up protests from   

Wednesday 6 February
1pm. ‘Warm-up’ Protest at South Bank, SE1. Called by Southwark Pensioners Action Group (SPAG).  See their website at

Saturday 16 February

Proposed date of London wide day of action for the NHS. Details yet to be finalised.

Wednesday 27 February
7pm. Southwark Council Assembly Council Tax Meeting. Details of deputations, lobby etc to be arranged. Please contact if your campaign group will attend.

Thursday 28 February

11am - 3pm Better Public Transport  Conference to assess the current state of public transport and discuss what pensioners can do to ensure concessionary travel remains a key issue in the minds of politicians. Organised by the National Pensioners Convention. Venue: St Pancras Hall, Lancing Street (near Euston Station) NW1 1NA. More information from