Sunday 4 February / 1 p.m. / Outside the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge CB2
The Conservative-controlled County Council will approve an unexpectedly sharp £35m of cuts for 2018/19 in its meeting on Tuesday 6 February, even as it finally accepts the necessity to raise council tax (alongside the social care precept) to spare people in Cambridgeshire from still worse cuts to the services on which they rely.
Local community, trade union, and political organizations will join the Cambridge People's Assembly the weekend before to protest the cuts. Speakers include, in name order:
- Paula Champion (activist in the Save Our Children's Centres campaign)
- Chris McCabe (member of Eastern Area Disabled People Against Cuts)
- Andrew 'Ozzy' Osborne (member of Cambridge Unite Community)
- Margaret Ridley (chair of Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public)
- Jocelynne Scutt (Labour Party councillor on Cambridgeshire County Council)
- Stuart Tuckwood (member of Cambridge Green Party)
- Rob Turner (secretary of UNISON Cambridgeshire County)
- Tom Woodcock (member of Cambridgeshire National Education Union)
And we'll hear a message of support from Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour Party).
Early on the morning of the budget meeting, members of the Cambridge People's Assembly will join UNISON Cambridgeshire County's demonstration outside the council's headquarters at Shire Hall, Castle Street. Join us if you can from 8 a.m.! The meeting starts at 10.30.