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Agenda for the January CPA meeting

Wednesday 6 January / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our 2016 annual general meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre. As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list this week.

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Report on the People's Assembly conference

There follows a report from the Cambridge delegation on the resolutions of the People's Assembly National Conference 2015.

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Minutes of the December CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our December meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 January at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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On the county cuts

Social care and other county council services in Cambridgeshire face the worst austerity cuts yet in the coming year. They are some of the sharpest: the council proposes £41m of cuts for the budget year 2016/17, front-loading £119m of cuts planned by 2020/21. And they are the very deepest: after five years of Conservative-led austerity, only the most essential services still survive to be cut again.

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A speech on Syria

We present the text of our secretary's speech at the Don't Bomb Syria rally held yesterday on King's Parade by Cambridge Stop the War Coalition.

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No bombing in Syria

Saturday 28 November / 2 p.m. / King's Parade (outside King's College), Cambridge CB2

Cambridge Stop the War Coalition will hold a rally tomorrow (supported by the Cambridge People's Assembly and others) to protest the government's intended bombing campaign in Syria. Its enthusiasm for this adventure is a reminder that what Britain can and can't afford is a question of political priorities, and here again they're badly mistaken.

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Minutes of the November CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our November meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 December at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Out of credit, out of office

Saturday 21 November / 12 midday / Market Square, Cambridge CB2

In July the chancellor George Osborne announced a 'new settlement' for permanent austerity, resting on an increase in the minimum wage alongside massive cuts to tax credits. Four months later that settlement is crumbling, in widening alarm that (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies) three million low-paid families will lose an average of £1,000 a year: the alarm extends to Conservatives like Heidi Allen, the new MP for South Cambridgeshire, who used her maiden speech to criticize the cuts to tax credits, and to the House of Lords, which last month defied the Conservative majority in the Commons with a remarkable vote to delay and review the cuts.

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Cambridge Momentum campaigning meeting

Wednesday 18 November / 7.15 p.m. / Hanover and Princess Court Community Room (off Coronation Street), Cambridge CB2

Momentum is a network of people and organizations founded to continue the resounding campaign that brought Jeremy Corbyn the leadership of the Labour Party, in seeking to make our society 'fairer, more democratic, more environmentally just, and more equal'. Momentum is open equally to Labour members and non-members (including members of other parties) and has announced that it hopes to work with existing independent campaigns like ours, so we're glad to note that the Cambridge Momentum group will hold its first campaigning meeting this Wednesday.

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Cambridge Health Emergency organizing meeting

Tuesday 17 November / 7.30 p.m. / Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

The next meeting to plan the Cambridge Health Emergency campaign, founded recently to stand up for our local hospitals Addenbrooke's and the Rosie after their parent trust was placed in special measures, will be held tomorrow at Alex Wood Hall. Among other things it will hear a report from a public meeting of the trust's directors and start to plan a wider meeting of its own, to inform and organize patients to act against any threats to their hospitals in the form of cuts or private sector entry.

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