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Will Helens & Whiston Hospitals go private?

Thanks to the ConDems, we could lose the only 2 hospitals in the area to ‘private sector involvement’ The rumours began back …

I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements

I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements to save money (see …

SPAN gave me a purpose and made me want to live

I feel that what is happening regarding the cuts in services in the third sector economy is only going to overstretch the …

My condition has worsened but yet again I’m forced to appeal

The capability for work assesment is a joke. I was awarded 15 points at a tribunal last august since which my condition has …

Everywhere I have worked as a student mental health nurse has been short-staffed

I’m due to qualify as a mental health nurse. I have spent three years training in the tamworth, lichfield and burton area. …

What will fees and cuts do for the future of architecture?

Of all trades, construction must be one that rides the ups and downs of the economy most. Construction is a huge field from …

Arts Council cuts have closed Greenroom, Manchester

Kino Shorts screened my short film at Greenroom and it was a wonderful audience. Friends in the North West independent film …

My daughter’s special needs youth club will close

Got the call today to say my daughter’s special needs youth club has lost its funding and will close after easter. it sounds …

I have chronic depression, two young children, and now my home is at risk

Last autumn I had my Incapacity Benefit stopped after a Work Capability Assessment. I suffer from chronic depression and …

They’ve axed the budget for orthopaedic shoes for the disabled

My elderly mother-in-law has mobility and breathing difficulties as well as heart problems and diabetes. She is not having a …

Family, friends and neighbours - we’re all feeling the pain

The cuts have hit many people I know. I live in a relatively affluent area of south west Sheffield but even people around me …

I loved my job in youth work. Now it’s been cut

Having been in youth work, both voluntary and paid for 21 years and serving the same VCSF organisation with recognised 19 years …

My grandson has severe cerebral palsy. Now he’s lost his social worker

My Grandson is 14 and has severe cerebral palsy.  He will never be able to walk or talk he is incontinent and his mum is a …

Universities don’t want to squeeze students but have been left with no choice

I work for a Russell group university which, like the vast majority of institutions, has recently announced it will be charging …

Cuts mean the end of fantastic support charity for vulnerable families

Because of the cuts to Housing Benefit, amongst others, this fantastic charitable organisation, which had provided support and …

Wards are understaffed but newly qualified nurses like me can’t get jobs

I qualified as a nurse in January. Out of the people who trained in Sheffield, the majority were not given jobs. Those that did …

Young and old are being thrown on the scrapheap

I have two degrees, two post-graduate qualifications, experience in two job sectors (journalism and education) ... and no job. …

I have watched my neighbours struggle to stay warm. Now the fuel allowance is to be lowered.

We live in a small group of retirement bungalows. We are all electric. I have watched my neighbours struggle to stay warm …

Specialist hospitals are vital to those like me with orthopaedic conditions

Really saddened to hear of cuts at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. I had excellent care there in May 2010, and …

This is what housing benefit cuts mean for my elderly mother

No doubt over the next few days, people will receive letters stating how much rent and council tax they will have to pay.  Eric …

I’m gutted to hear funding to this brilliant music scheme has been cut

I’m really gutted to hear that the funding to the Bromley Youth Music Trust has been reduced. I grew up in the borough and …

I was sent to a Business Link workshop – where the advisors were also being made redundant!

As part of budget cuts the educational support services to schools are being cut in NE Lincs. I am part of that team and after …

My legal challenge to the cuts in Hertfordshire

This is the detailed application I have lodged with the High Court requesting a full Judicial Review of Hertfordshire County …

This scheme offered great support at the school where I was head. I’m deeply saddened it’s being cut

Conflict and Change worked with the entire staff of the Newham school where I was headteacher. They helped us to understand how …

They closed my fertility department! Now I drive an hour away

I was devestated to hear I need treatment for infertility.  I am only 32.  I was even more distrurbed to hear that the local …

My protest to my MP

Further to my previous post, yesterday I visited my MP Dan Rogerson, to protest about the consequences of the cuts here in …

Think frontline staff will be spared? Look what’s happening to my nursing unit

Yesterday I was compelled to attend a meeting at which the senior medical practitioners in my directorate – consultants, …

Our day centre is literally a lifeline. It’s being closed.

The Grange Day Centre is a place where physically disabled adults between the age of 18 and 60 can learn vital life skills, …

Increased travel costs will stop our young people’s access to education and leisure

The number of young people in High Peak becoming listed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) is already on the …

My university has cancelled my course for next year

£109 million cut from its £149 million teaching budget has meant that my Open University course for next year won’t be there. …

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