Saturday, 3 July 2010

Haringey Alliance for Public Services

Please distribute this statement widely

Lets speak out and defend our vital local community and public services!
Say NO to CUTS
- unnecessary, unfair and unacceptable

Good public and community services, and a universal welfare system, are central to what's good about Haringey and our lives.

We all need decent health care, schools and nurseries, community centres, well-run parks and libraries, social services, affordable housing, safe and attractive neighbourhoods, jobs with good pay and conditions, and an adequate and reliable income for unwaged people to live on. To achieve this, the resources needed must be ensured.

But the Government is threatening massive cuts to local Council services, to the NHS, to public sector jobs, to Haringey's voluntary and community sector, and to local people's benefits. We don't have to accept this!

Lets support each other and resist all cuts

If not countered, these cuts will be devasting:

- for all Haringey's local communities
- for those working in the local public sector and other jobs
- for many vital public, voluntary and community projects, services and facilities
- for the most vulnerable in our society including those reliant on housing and incapacity benefits.

What can we do together?

This is a wealthy country, but the Government has chosen to take away £billions of public funds from essential public services in order to prop up greedy and irresponsible banks. Our public services are entitled to adequate resources and improvements, not threats of cuts, closure or privatisation.

Recently the Government backed down after 5,000 people marched to save the Whittington Hospital and its casualty department. Many others have started to object and protest about proposed cuts affecting their services and jobs. Alliances and campaigns are springing into action all over the country. Doing nothing is not an option! Together we can reverse the cuts programme if we take action and if we say NO.

We call on all Haringey's residents, community groups, workers, and trades unions to link together and stand up for what's right.

Lets speak out, support each other and resist all cuts

The Haringey Alliance for Public Services (HAPS) has been set up in the last few weeks. Reps of the following borough-wide organisations attended the founding meetings - Haringey Friends of Parks Forum, Haringey Forum for Older People, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey UNISON, Haringey Health UNISON, Haringey Trades Union Council, Haringey Solidarity Group, Haringey Socialist Workers Party, and the Sustainable Haringey network. HAPS is a network open to all those living, working or based in Haringey. We support opposition to the running down, closure or privatisation of any local public services, and support campaigning for improvements. We promote communication and co-ordination, mutual aid and solidarity among all those affected, and a wide range of tactics and initiatives towards achieving the aims.

If you agree, please attend our next meeting. All groups and individuals welcome.
Support Our Public Services!
Tuesday 27th July - 7pm
Big Green Bookshop, Brampton Park Rd, N8 (just off Wood Green High Rd)

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1 comment:

Robert Hooker said...

Cuts will harm life in our area a great deal, and not benefit anyone other than some global bankers.