Unions Concerned Over Spending Cuts
Hounslow Council budget cuts could impact on the borough’s most vulnerable residents
UNISON, Unite and the GMB are concerned that the reductions on spending imposed by the coalition on Hounslow Council will hit vulnerable residents harder than other residents within the borough.
UNISON, Unite and the GMB call on all Hounslow residents to join them at Hounslow Civic Centre at:
The proposals from Hounslow Council to mange the imposed reduction in spending list many cuts which amongst them include the following:
NOTE: In addition to the total loss of the youth activities this is very likely to lead to extra work for Children’s Social Services, Schools and possibly the Police.
NOTE: This will lead to more children truanting from school.
NOTE: There are three older people’s day centres – two are to close. The older people who attend are all very frail and the day centres provide vital respite for families caring for their elderly relatives 24 hours per day.
NOTE: There are four day centres for people with disabilities – one is to close. The disabled people who attend all have high needs and the day centres provide vital respite for families caring for their disabled relatives 24 hours per day.
NOTE: Leaders Employment has a great record of finding real jobs for people with disabilities. They have won national awards for their work!
NOTE: Budgets are being significantly reduced for all care provided to very vulnerable adults living in their own homes.
NOTE: This is a specialist team that provides detailed advice and support on benefits to frail older people and people with disabilities.
NOTE: Residents will see a big deterioration in the standard of litter picking and street sweeping.
NOTE: Residents will see a big deterioration in the level of recycling and other environmental protection activities.
NOTE: The libraries at serious risk of closure are Beavers, Bedfont, Brentford, Cranford, Hanworth, Heston, Isleworth and Osterley. John Laing Integrated Services who are contracted to provide the library service were planning to write to all library users to advise them of these plans but Hounslow Council have told them not to send out the letter.
UNISON, Unite and the GMB have already held mass meetings of council staff. Hundreds of our members have agreed that the trade unions along with the community need to campaign against the cuts that the council are being forced to make by the coalition comprehensive spending review.
The trade unions are already aware that campaigns are springing up to save Youth Services, Day Centres and Libraries. We call on all compassionate and concerned residents of Hounslow to join together to oppose these attacks on vulnerable residents.
January 27, 2011