Monday, 7 February 2011

Lobby and demo outside Lambeth Town Hall today

Lambeth lobby & demonstration today, Monday 7th February at 6 pm outside the Town Hall in Brixton. Organised by Lambeth SOS.

In Lambeth, up to 1000 jobs to be axed, including cuts in libraries, housing, Further Education, children's services and care for vulnerable adults. The voluntary sector has also been hammered with People First, an organisation for people with learning difficulties (which particularly helps BME people) being axed completely and many jobs lost at Age Concern Lambeth, including the befriending work for elderly, isolated people in the borough. The User Involvement Post for the worker with the Pan Disability Forum in Lambeth is also going from the end of next month and all the funding for the Stroke Support Network has also been withdrawn. All of this indicates the real human impact that these cuts are having, particulary in poorer, inner city areas such as Lambeth.

At the UNISON Voluntary Sector Branch meeting the other week I heard of massive cuts to the voluntary sector across London, with many organisations losing up to 20% of jobs and some closing completely - as People First Lambeth. As reported today, these cuts to the voluntary sector are effectively destroying 'The Big Society'. We must stand up and protest about the destruction of services for the most vulnerable in our society.

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