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Protesters occupy Salford council chamber over cuts to social care

Issue No. 2330

Mental health campaigners occupied Salford council chamber this morning, Wednesday, in protest against cuts to adult social care.

The activists demanded and won an emergency meeting on Thursday morning with Ian Stewart, the city mayor, and Peter Connor, assistant mayor with responsibility for adult social care.

Salford council’s £80,000 proposed cuts to mental health services include closing a vital drop-in centre where people can get support.

Steve Cullen, who occupied the council chamber today, told Socialist Worker, “The centre is a lifeline for lots of people. We keep an eye on each other in case of suicides.

“No one is judged there and if someone has an episode they can be comforted and reassured. In ordinary public buildings, the police get called and people are arrested.”

Campaigners tried to discuss the cuts with Peter Connor at his surgery last month—but he didn’t show up.

The emergency meeting takes place on Thursday 22 November, 11.30am, at Salford Civic Centre, Swinton M27 5FJ

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Wed 21 Nov 2012, 15:19 GMT
Issue No. 2330
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