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Victory saves Sure Start

by Mark Krantz
Issue No. 2289

Some 39 Sure Start centres in Manchester and two day care centres in Salford have been saved from cuts.

Parents led lobbies and marches that forced Manchester council to reverse its cuts plans.

The campaign also won crucial backing from the Unite union.

“We’ve won!” said Sure Start campaigner Emma Martin. “The argument that nothing can be done and that the cuts are inevitable has been sunk. Now the fight is on to save the children’s day care provision which is still set to be cut.”

Unite activist John Clegg said, “The claim that subsidised day care for children is a ‘luxury’ is ridiculous. Without it many more women will be forced out of work because child care is so expensive.”

Up to 100 care workers, and the people they care for, marched through Chatham, Kent, last Saturday.

Medway’s Tory council plans to shut the Balfour day centre, privatise its three remaining care homes and extend means-testing to all adult social care services.

The march, called by Medway Against the Cuts, ended with a short rally at a controversial new bus station regarded by many local people as a white elephant.

Some 30 people attended a meeting after the march to discuss how to take the campaign forward.

Steve Wilkins

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Tue 7 Feb 2012, 18:06 GMT
Issue No. 2289
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