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Cuts to Hackney drug services

Issue No. 2285

Workers at a drug treatment centre in Hackney, east London, are to ballot for industrial action against cuts to jobs and services.

The Lifeline centre, funded by Hackney council, plans to shut its support service for the children of drug and alcohol-using parents in February.

It is also closing its drug counselling service and specialist women’s service.

Some 36 of the centre’s 37 staff are members of the Unite union. They will be balloted from mid-January to the end of the month.

Jamie Major, regional officer for Unite, said, “When you see the money that is being spent on the Olympics, it just beggars belief.

“People are really upset about losing their jobs. But it is the community and really vulnerable people who will suffer the most.”

Hackney council estimates that there are about 4,500 drug users in the borough.

This is one of the highest levels in London.

Most of these individuals have not yet been reached by treatment services, according to the council’s own assessment.

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Tue 10 Jan 2012, 19:50 GMT
Issue No. 2285
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