This Tuesday, 25th January, the Cabinet of Southwark Council meets to propose a budget for 2011. The Government is cutting funding to Southwark by 31%. The Cabinet’s response is a proposal to cut its budget by £33 million in 2011, and another £18 million in 2012. This will devastate children’s services, parks, libraries and leisure services, adult social care and health services in the borough.
Demonstrate this Tuesday at Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road, SE5 8UB, starting at 3 pm.
Arrive as soon as you can, the Council meeting starts at 4 pm and will go on for some hours after. Bring your workmates, your friends. Students, pensioners, workers, community group, parents, children. Everyone is welcome! Everyone is needed!
On the following day, Wednesday 26th, the Council meet at 7 pm to discuss the EMA.
We must demand that the Council retain it because its loss will be a huge cut in the income of thousands of families, and damage to educational futures of many in our community. Members of the Cabinet say that they are opposed to the Government’s cuts, but if they agree the proposed budget for Southwark, the Tory and LibDem cuts will become Labour cuts.
Southwark Save Our Services says that councillors were elected to maintain and improve services to the Borough – and that was their promise. As our political representatives, we demand that they lead opposition to the cuts, and vote against any budget that reduces services – or resign.
There is no room in the middle in the face of the Tory & LibDem attacks. You are either fighting the cuts or carrying out their dirty work. Stand up and be counted!