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Star date: 27th February 2013

SUICIDE CUTS PROTESTERS BRING SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS MEETING TO HALT

Drama unfolded at Salford City Council today as protesters blew whistles and brandished banners and red cards to halt the meeting which was to pass over £23million of cuts.

Campaigners from Salford Against The Cuts and United Service Users Committee were trying to bring councillors' attention to the first suicide which they say is the result of closures of drop-in centres. As councillors and Mayor Ian Stewart fled the Council chamber, the police were called…

Full details here…


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Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart had just finished his opening speech at this morning's budget cuts meeting of Salford Council when protesters in the public gallery from Salford Against The Cuts (SAC) and United Service Users Committee (USUC) halted proceedings by blowing whistles, brandishing red cards and holding up a banner which read `Blowing Time On Council Cuts'.

"There's not going to be a proper debate in this chamber this morning because you all agree about the cuts, we know that" shouted Paul Gerrard from SAC "The real debate is between the Council that wants to make those cuts and the service users who are suffering from those cuts. We are here to blow the whistle on those cuts. We're blowing the whistle and showing you the red card on cuts in Salford."

As the ear piercing whistles stunned the Council chamber, Mayor Ian Stewart and most of the councillors and Assistant Mayors fled, while security tried in vain to persuade the campaigners to leave.

The protest centred on the suicide of a mental health service user, named as Patrick, who allegedly was told at an appointment at Cromwell House that the drop-ins he attended would not re-open.

USUC has consistently campaigned against the closure of regular drop-ins in fit-for-purpose sites, warning that changing the current structure would lead to deaths.

From the public gallery Vee Ball, from USUC, shouted "How many more suicides do you need? Patrick died last week because you closed that drop-in, don't you know that? It's gone too far. It stops now!"

"Don't talk to us about compassion" she added "You don't give a damn…"

After the Council's security team couldn't remove the protesters, the police were called and, following negotiations, the protesters left the public gallery…

"Patrick used the drop-in, he relied on it and was there most days when it was fully running" Vee told the Salford Star "He was a particularly vulnerable gentleman who wasn't well and I don't think he coped.

"We understand that the day before he committed suicide he was at Cromwell House for an appointment and asked when the drop-in was open. He was told that it wasn't – they told him that it was unlikely it would open at Cromwell again. Unfortunately he jumped off a bridge in Stockport the next day and killed himself."

Looking down on the chamber where smirking councillors were resuming their seats Vee added "These people smile and think that that man's death was funny. That man had a family and was a resident of Salford – he didn't ask to be ill. Words fail me, these people are so arrogant – we're telling them the serious issues. It disgusts me."

Earlier the protesters had joined a protest on the steps of the Civic Centre called by public sector trade union, Salford City UNISON.

For a full report on the protests and waffle at the Salford Council meeting - click here

joanna wrote
at 07:07:20 on 29 March 2013
Patrick was my brother.We will never get over it. As a family we are heartbroken. He was a great uncle and the kids don't understand expecting him to walk through the door. Dint get to say goodbye as l dint find out until 4 weeks later,couldn't hold his hand.... He had a family and no one told us!
 
Coco the Clowncillor wrote
at 11:38:41 on 03 March 2013
Mayor Yellow-Streak and his Yellow Traitors have never moved so fast , to escape the so-justified protesters . What a sickening bunch of SLOBS . Democracy in action ? I think not .
 
RL wrote
at 22:42:10 on 02 March 2013
Blaming Labour - blaming local government of any stripe - for these and any other cuts is doing what the Tories want you to do... they've been clever this time. Tories are to blame for these ideological cuts to local gov funding, Tories and no one else.
 
smith wrote
at 17:30:38 on 28 February 2013
STAND UP FOR ARE RIGHTS PPL IF I WAS THERE I WOULD HAD BEEN IN THERE ASWELL IM GETTING SO beep OFF WITH ALL COUNCILS AS THEY ARE NOT GIVING A DAME ABOUT PPL WHO NEED THE HELP ,
 
john wrote
at 17:30:23 on 28 February 2013
what do u expect from some one like ian stewart ,he should never have been appointed mayoy
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 10:47:48 on 28 February 2013
I make no apology for standing up for vulnerable folk in our society and will continue my Salford Citizen's right to fight to keep their plight on the agenda. It may be that Labour bloggers dislike the truth but we know they have made mistakes on funding and now their cuts will hit harder. Councillors should step out of their safe shadows and talk or resign immediately.
 
K Tanga wrote
at 09:50:01 on 28 February 2013
Michael Felse, please mind your own business, and stop trying to promote yourself. You did a absolutely awful job as an English Democrat. The audacity of hijacking a terrible event just about sums you up.
 
not happy wrote
at 19:11:40 on 27 February 2013
Taken from Wednesday, November 07, 2012 (THEY CAN'T BE VICTIMISING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS – CAN THEY? Drop-in groups closed. Psychology support groups on hold. More suicide attempts. While the bottom line bureaucrats and politicians look for cuts, in the real world of people suffering with mental health issues it's getting critical. Gill Green, say's she is reassuring the people of Salford that they treat Cromwell house service users with compassion). This is the drop in that closed in November for security reasons and is still closed; Do’s this sound like they have compassion when they tell a man with mental health problems that the drop in he used on a regular basses is not going to open. Then the next day committed suicide I can’t say if the two was related but it seems strange the way it happened. So what happens now is the drop in going to open or will it still be closed and hope that no one else will commit suicide, and what will happen to the member of staff that told Patrick that the drop in want open again probably nothing.
 
Kevin jones wrote
at 19:10:50 on 27 February 2013
And the greedy bastards voted for a pay rise for themselves, cllr Lindley says the Tories opposed it, whilst i don't like the Tories i am glad that someone on the council has some decency and morals.
 
As bad as each other ?rmsuffi shep wrote
at 18:55:40 on 27 February 2013
I see the Tory councillors stayed where they were sat while the Labour chicken councillors did a runner. The Tories should have picked up those placards and joined the protesters, they are supposed to be the opposition in the council.
 
Confused wrote
at 18:53:23 on 27 February 2013
Michael Felse "I am glad I did not vote Labour in Salford". So where did you vote Labour Michael? You do live in Salford don't you?
 
Sal Ford wrote
at 16:57:00 on 27 February 2013
Trust an English Democrat to use the tragic death of a vulnerable man to try and further his own political agenda.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 16:02:39 on 27 February 2013
I will say it again - I am glad I did not vote Labour in Salford but look at what those who did caused us. Labour voters created this Cuts Council so who do we blame? YES I DO !
 
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