A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a demonstration I attended outside my local council, which rose from my concerns about budget cuts.
The project I work for is facing a 90% cut to it’s funding (I blogged about it here).
People will lose their jobs and vulnerable people will lose a vital support service.
Because of the impact on our project, in the last couple of weeks I have met with City Councillors and David Blunkett MP as part of my working role. I have also listened to the Director of Public Health for the city I live in speak.
All of them offered a depressing picture and all had serious concerns about the nature of the Spending Review.
My City Council has to save £83 million in the next financial year and a total of £200 + million over the next 3 years. I know there’s a deficit and I know it has to be addressed. However, an analogy someone shared with me was, ‘like taking out a 25 year mortgage, and expecting it all to be paid back in the first 3 years’.
This money will be saved via cuts in public services, services that support vulnerable people, older people, children. Google Sure Start Centre Cuts’ and you will find article after article about cuts to vital services for children. Clickfor an article from Community Care magazine.
Then I found what the Wood Craft Folk are up to on March 26th. They are Marching at the TUC rally (click.
I quoted Vicky of Little Legends: ‘I wanted to change the world but I couldn’t find a babysitter’, I’m sure Vicky won’t mind that I have now decided: Sod that! I’m with the Woodcraft folk. On Saturday my son and I and a good friend and her daughter are having a day trip to London (300 mile round trip).TUC rally through Central London (click for details) we want to be part of it and we want to raise our concerns about the impact these cuts will have on public services and ultimately on all of us.
*gets off soap box*