Austerity Cuts to Decimate Community Work in Falkirk Warns UNISON
UNISON Falkirk today warned of proposed cuts to Falkirk Council’s Community Learning & Development Service that will decimate support to local communities and vulnerable youngsters.
Proposals totalling more than £1.3m are aimed at completely stopping all adult educational services in the community, and youth services in selected council areas. As well as affecting service users across Falkirk, the proposals would result in 138 council employees losing their jobs.
UNISON Falkirk will be launching a campaign in an effort to defend services and members from these cuts and will be speaking to local groups affected in the coming weeks.
UNISON’s Anthony Beekman said “We are extremely concerned about the effect on local services that these cuts will have. From parents and toddlers groups to youth groups to senior citizens groups, no area of the community will remain unaffected. And to top it all off, 138 people will lose their jobs, creating misery for them and their family as well as the wider community.”
Beekman continued “It is totally unacceptable that these cuts are being passed on to local communities in this way and we ask Falkirk Council to go back to the drawing board and spare their residents from these damaging plans.”
UNISON Falkirk will be taking the issue to members, service users and the broader community in the coming weeks and would urge everyone to get behind our campaign and protect Community Learning & Development Services in Falkirk.
For further information contact:-
UNISON Falkirk’s Anthony Beekman - 0772 085 0654
UNISON Scotland’s John Mooney - 07956852838
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