Article published: Wednesday, May 4th 2011
Newly formed campaign group Longsight Against Cuts is calling on members of the public to attend its first meeting this Saturday 7 May to discuss action to defend the area’s youth service.
Currently the council intends to shut down its entire youth service as part of this year’s budget plans to deal with a 25 per cent cut in its funding. Over 300 youth worker jobs are under threat and the decision has sparked anger in South Manchester, with over 2,000 signatures collected in just under a week last March calling on the service to be saved.
Levenshulme resident Dick Brown, organising the meeting, told Mule of the “pressing” need to prevent closure, and spoke of other Longsight organisations under threat including the Roby Centre, a church-based group offering mental health services and support to the local community and Newbury House, a supported accommodation project that has been rehabilitating alcohol dependent adults for over 30 years.
Brown spoke of how he had been inspired to set up the group following the success of Save Levenshulme Baths, which has since developed into a broader anti-cuts campaign. “We need to have that kind of grassroots response all over the city,” he said. “That’s where people get involved.”
Longsight Against Cuts will be holding their meeting from 1-3pm this Saturday 7 May at Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Road, Longsight, M12 4NE.
For more information call 07857 015 799
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