Swindon People’s Assembly are calling for everyone opposed to the cuts to local public services to join them at a protest on Wednesday 5.15pm outside the Civic Offices in Euclid Street.
Kate Linnegar, secretary of Swindon People’s Assembly said: “The council are meeting to start deciding where our services will be eroded even more. In April many people protested against the closure of seven of our twelve children’s centres. We were assured that the remaining five would be protected. Now we hear that the remaining five are under threat.
“Along with the proposal to lease out Lydiard Park, a reduction in library funding, the recent loss of our climbing wall and past cuts which we are already living with, these add up to a sustained attack on our services.”
In January, David Renard, leader of the council said there would have to be further cuts to save £70m over the next three years and stated vital services could be at risk. The question posed by the People’s Assembly is: what services are considered vital by this government and our council? How far are they prepared to go?
“We will assemble outside the Civic Offices with banners and then proceed to ask questions at the council meeting. The budget will be decided by the full council meeting in January, so we have time to get our voices heard. We do not believe that the council should just roll over and accept the cuts dictated by Government.
“We recently read about David Cameron writing to Oxford council to complain that they should not be cutting front line services like libraries and children’s centres. The council should tell David Cameron that it does not accept the cuts are achievable whilst serving Swindon residents decently or fairly. We believe the cuts are part of an on going austerity programme to reduce the welfare bill and undermine public services.
“We also believe they are unnecessary and based on a financial lie. If you agree with these views, come and join our peaceful protest to let them know how you feel.”
You can register your interest in the protest on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/728611637171086/
Or you can call: 01793 522824