In Salford, the Labour Council and Labour Mayor are proposing to axe community care workers who organise groups and drop-ins for people with mental health issues. In the Labour run Manchester Council it's more or less the same story - some of the most vulnerable people in society having vital health services slashed. It's certainly not the actions expected of Labour Councils.
Now campaigners are taking the fight to this weekend's Labour Party Conference to try and get the cuts reversed.
"We're clear that taking staff out of groups and drop-ins that have long supported service users could cost lives" says Steve Cullen, a service user and Vice Chair of Salford's United Service Users Committee, USUC.
"We want the Council to think again" he adds "and if that means showing them up in front of their own Party then that's what we're prepared to do."
Salford Council staff, service users and community activists will be joining a protest sponsored by UNITE the Union to `Defend the NHS! Defend Mental Health Services!', and everyone is welcome to attend. Meanwhile Monday night sees a large Save Our Mental Health Services public meeting being held in Salford…
Labour Party Conference Protest
Sunday 30th September 2:30-3:30pm
Outside Manchester International Conference Centre (GMEX)
Defend Mental Health Services
Monday 1st October, 7pm
Swinton Royal British Legion
Cheetham Road, Swinton, M27 4UQ
For more details on Salford Labour Council's cut to its mental health service see previous Salford Star articles…
Salford Mayor Confronted By Drop-in Campaigners – click here
Salford Council Consultation Sham As Care Workers Axed – click here