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Newham – Save Newham Services 

Location: UK » London » E

Everyone seems to be talking about the prospect of imminent cuts, but what will they actually mean in practice?

What impact will local people suffer when cuts hit services for children and young people, or for people needing advice? What are the implications for those who are in substandard housing, suffering domestic violence or who are dependent upon social care? What are the consequences for council and NHS staff, many of whom are also local residents?

On 13 October 2010, a meeting at Durning Hall Community Centre discussed the impact of cuts in public services and on services delivered by voluntary groups. The result was the establishment of the ‘Save Newham Services’ campaign.

The campaign brings together voluntary and community organisations, trade unionists, students and local people concerned about the consequences of the government’s devastating cuts in public services. Meetings are open to anyone willing to help organise opposition in Newham to these cuts.

The ‘Save Newham Services’ campaign aims to:

• Publicise, encourage, support and provide solidarity to local opposition to cuts in the London Borough of Newham.
• Provide a point of contact and coordination for local opposition to cuts in the borough.
• Research and publicise the potential impact of cuts on people living in Newham.
• Put pressure on local elected representatives to stand alongside local people to insist that cutting services is dangerous, unnecessary and must be opposed.
• Ensure that our local experience is fed upwards to all regional and national opposition to the government’s cuts programme.
• Call for greater transparency and accountability within public services in Newham.

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