This Thursday 21st February 2013 Northamptonshire County Council’s Full Council will meet to approve the budget for 2013-14. This will be a devastating blow to both staff and customers, some of the budget lines include:-
- worsening of terms and conditions for employees, which will result in less take home pay for staff. For those staff on low-pay (at least one fifth of employees are earning less than the living wage of £7.45) they will struggle to pay bills, feed and/or clothe themselves and their families.
- cutting the number of social workers, at a time when demand for services is going up
- loss of library professional and support staff, including the “Sound Reads Co-ordinator” who ensures that all visually impaired people in the county have access to services such as the Royal National Institute for the Blind Talking Books Service and the National Talking Newspaper Service
- funding cuts to charities, including ACES which is a social care service for African and Caribbean Elders in Northampton. Having experienced a £40,000 cut in 2012/13, the authority is proposing an additional £25,000 cut in 2013/14 which will force the organisation to close.
…this is to name just a few of the proposed cuts. For more information about the proposed cuts please visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/budget13-14
Northamptonshire County branch and NADS will be holding a demonstration outside the Full Council meeting on Thursday at 9am. Please join us, and if you can please bring flags, banners and something loud and noisy!!!
The media will be there, and we want to make
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it loud and clear that staff and residents are not happy about the proposed changes.
You can also speak at the meeting, you must register to speak in advance by contacting Democratic Support by emailing Democraticsupport@northamptonshire.gov.uk. The deadline to register to speak is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am.