From the Uxbridge Gazette:
Anti-cuts protest group puts pressure on council
Nov 22 2010 By Siba Matti
A RESIDENTS’ protest group is calling on Hillingdon Council to lobby against the spending cuts proposed by the coalition government.
Hillingdon Against Cut-Backs (HACB), currently made up of Northwood residents, is campaigning against job losses and reductions in public services, pensions, wages and benefits – as outlined in Chancellor George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review last month.
The newly-formed group is also opposed to the privatisation of the NHS, postal services and education; rising tuition fees, and ‘the end of all secure council housing’.
More than 50 residents attended the group’s first meeting, held at Emmanuel Church Hall in High Street, Northwood, on November 2.
HACB campaign secretary and former Hillingdon East ward councillor, Wally Kennedy, said: “These cut-backs will have a devastating impact on every single person right across the borough, from Brunel University students and young people trying to get a foot on the property ladder, to the vulnerable, elderly people in our community who depend on care services.
“This group has been formed to fight against these cuts and we are urging the local authority to get behind us.
“Councillors who refuse to do so should resign and a by-election should be held to ensure those in power are willing to fight back.
“Our campaign is supported by local trade unions and community organisations and we are urging more residents to back our cause.”
HACB’s next public meeting will be held on Thursday (25) in Greenwood Hall, Pinner Road, Pinner at 7.30pm.
Speakers will include the president of Brunel University Students’ Union, together with housing worker George Chapman and Mr Kennedy, who are both members of Unison and Unite unions respectively.
Mr Kennedy added: “The rich get even richer as the poor get poorer and also get the blame.
“The coalition government has announced £81billion cuts but they should be collecting £100bn every year in unpaid capital gains taxes. “Don’t sit indoors shouting at the television, feeling angry and helpless – please join the fightback by attending our meeting and bring your neighbours, children and friends.
“Let us stop the return of mass poverty and homelessness of the 1930s.”
For more information, call Mr Kennedy on 07746 865 086 or firstname.lastname@example.org