More than 200 people crammed into Norwich City Hall’s council chambers for a meeting organised by Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts meeting on Monday of this week. People even had to be turned away as the meeting was so full.
Norfolk County Council has announced plans to cut £155 million, including 3000 jobs.
For example, cuts proposed to services for the elderly in Norfolk mean:
- £6 million a year cut to funding aimed at preventing illness and accidents
- Meals on wheels subsidy scrapped
- Closure of day centres for the elderly
- Loss of 1300 care staff
The meeting heard from many different unions, workplaces and community groups.
People with learning disabilities and hearing and visual impairments spoke about how the cuts would impact on their day-to-day life.
Jack Brindelli, a student at University of East Anglia, spoke about how poorer students would not be able to go to university, the need for united action between students and workers.
Frank Stone, convenor of the Norwich Stop the War Coalition, told the meeting that there is one saving we should make—to bring the troops home from Afghanistan.
There were also calls for everyone who attended the Norwich Pride to come to for the next anti-cuts demonstration in early December in the city, as the cuts will have a major impact on the LGBT community.
The meeting built on a launch meeting in September and a public rally in Norwich city centre on 23 October just after the Con-Dem government announced it was slashing public spending.
The meeting also agreed to support local BBC workers who will be on strike over pensions this Friday and Saturday, and to build solidarity with the firefighters in London.
We also agreed to hold a rally at County Hall when the councillors meet.
And we are making links with campaigners in Ipswich, where Suffolk Country Council has said it will outsource all of its services. A demonstration is planned for Saturday 27 November in Ipswich.
There is more work to do—but we are more ready to resist now than two months ago due to concrete organising and democratic planning.
Join us on our march through the city on 4 December.
For more information go to www.norfolkcoalitionagainstcuts.org