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SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING AGAINST CUTS
 

Star date: 10th January 2012

SAY `NO TO CUTS' MEETING AS SALFORD COUNCIL PREPARES TO HIT MOST VULNERABLE

Public Meeting
Saturday 21st January 12-2pm
Swinton Royal British Legion

As Salford Council begins to slash more spending on the city's most vulnerable people, Salford City UNISON has called a public meeting to discuss a campaign to fight back.

As well as day care centre closures, the welfare rights and debt advice services are up for the axe together with home care services and the youth service. Meanwhile, Salford Council continues to splash out on MediaCityUK and other `prestige' projects.

Full details here…


Last September, Salford Star revealed that cuts amounting to £95million were being made over the next few years – that's £40million over and above the cuts that have already been announced (see here).

Already, it's the most vulnerable people in Salford who are about to be hit – with day care centre closures on the cards (see here) plus cuts to home care services, welfare rights and debt advice and the youth service. This despite Salford Council Leader, John Merry insisting during last year's budget announcements that "…we have done all we can to protect the most vulnerable living in the city."

Many might suggest that Salford Council is doing all it can to protect developers, speculators and consultants, with huge spending on so-called `prestige' projects like MediaCityUK, the BBC Orchestra, Chapel Street, Greengate and `aspirational walkways' in Ordsall unaffected. 

"Following the riots last year we wrote to Councillor Merry arguing the case for well-resourced Youth Services" says Steven North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON "We were told at the time that would be considered as part of this year's budget and we need to make sure that's the case. 

"We're not anti-Media City" he adds "but believe this Council has a duty to protect the most vulnerable first and foremost. Day Centres, Home Care support, Welfare Rights and Youth Services are needed more than ever."

Public sector trade union, Salford City UNISON, has now called a public meeting to discuss all the cuts and the campaign to try and stop them, and is hoping that as many people as possible turn up to air their views.

Say `No To Cuts'
Public Meeting
Saturday 21st January 12-2pm
Swinton Royal British Legion
Cheetham Road, Swinton, M27 4UQ


There's also a Public Meeting in Ordsall this Saturday to oppose cuts and the possible closure of the Humphrey Booth Day Care Centre – see here for more details

Amy Lyle wrote
at 1:01:04 PM on Friday, January 20, 2012
This is very true i also mentioned this in the letter
 
Stephen Morris wrote
at 2:29:42 PM on Monday, January 16, 2012
Dont forget that this is not just because of Tory cuts, this is also becaues of the complete mismanagement of Salford Council finances by Salford Labour which has been highlighted many times by the Star
 
Amy Lyle wrote
at 1:38:29 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I am writing a letter to David Cameron to express the anger this has caused to the people of Salford. Cuts should take place in other areas such as immigration and overseas aid.The government is a disgrace. My auntie attends Craig Hall Day Centre in Irlam, and benefits greatly from it. If these centres close then she and many other elderly and disabled people will be distraught. David Cameron has let down the country and i am surprised this area has been targeted, considering he had a severeley disabled son himself.
 
life is loud wrote
at 4:24:55 AM on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Thank you Salford Star for telling me about the public meeting only if I had not read your excellent on line magazine I would not have known about it as the privately owned local paper does not print anything of interest that the public should know about.
 
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