#Derby People’s Assembly: #Derbyuk #Unite Community branch are organising a leafleting session outside Amanda Solloway’s surgery, 32 Friargate, this Friday, the 29th, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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Due to the draconian cuts to council funds by central government Derby Unite Community branch are organising a leafleting session outside Amanda Solloway’s surgery, 32 Friargate, this Friday, the 29th, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Since 2010 Derby City Council has cut £116 million and is required to make a further £45 million cuts by 2019.
This has already resulted in:
More than 1,200 job losses so far at the council with 350 more planned, the cancellation of the Darley Park concert, the withdrawal of funding for the Citizens Advice Bureau
We can now expect:
The closure of libraries and the museums, and roads and pavements going unrepaired
Having made £10 billion of so-called savings in the 4 years since 2011/12, local authorities have to find the same again in the next 3 years. As a result of these cuts, councils in many areas will not have enough money to meet all their statutory responsibilities. Unsurprisingly not all councils are affected equally, with West Oxfordshire, for example, seeing a projected funding increase of £57 per person whereas Derby will see a reduction of £354 per person – David Cameron’s constituency is in West Oxfordshire. It remains that the five cabinet ministers’ constituencies are least hit by council budget cuts’.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
For many people the council is seen as the body that is cutting services and simply blame it. Although there might be slightly different ways in which the cuts could be made, the bottom line is simply that as a council, unless they set an illegal budget, services will have to be cut. We should not however simply grumble about it. If you value the citizens Advice Bureau, help for the homeless, leisure facilities, clean streets. join us in telling Tory MP Amanda Solloway (firstname.lastname@example.org) that this madness must be stopped now!
Please support the action on Friday outside her surgery.
All the best
Derby People’s Assembly Against Austerity