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Public rally in Lowestoft to oppose cuts

PUBLISHED: 14:06 24 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:09 24 February 2011

A rally will be held in Lowestoft to discuss council and government cuts, including the decision to axe Lowestoft's school crossing patrol staff pictured here

A rally will be held in Lowestoft to discuss council and government cuts, including the decision to axe Lowestoft's school crossing patrol staff pictured here

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A newly formed group set up in Lowestoft to fight swingeing council and government cuts is to held a public rally.

Lowestoft Coalition Against the Cuts(LCAC) will be staging a public meeting on Wednesday night at the United Reform Church hall in London Road North.

The rally follows a £42.5m package of budget cuts affecting school crossing patrols, public libraries, bus services and other public services was approved by members of Suffolk County Council last week.

The meeting will also seek to highlight the impact of government austerity measures on the NHS and education and welfare systems, and representatives from trade unions PCS and Unite will be discussing plans to oppose the cuts.

Organisers at LCAC said that although the coalition had been formed later than other anti-cuts protest groups, they hoped everyone in Lowestoft who was affected by or concerned about the future of their local services would attend its rally.

Cate Clarke, of the LCAC steering committee, said: “I suppose it could be said we have been a bit late out of the starting blocks.

“But the more people make their voices heard the greater chance there is of reversing cuts.

“There is a growing sense of anger at the unfairness of the cuts, such as the public response to the destruction of the school crossing patrols.

“It is simply not fair that ordinary people are expected to bear the whole burden of these cuts.

“These are our services we have invested in for years.

“We are in a democracy and I believe if we join together and show that we do not agree to these cuts our elected representatives will have join them.”

As a result of the county council cuts Lowestoft’s 14 school crossing patrol posts will be axed in the summer, libraries at Southwold, Kessingland and Oulton Broad face closure unless groups step forward to run them and the household waste recycling centres at Southwold and Beccles are to close in May.

Other services affected include home-to-school transport, Explore discount travel passes for young people, open access youth clubs, care homes and funding for road safety cameras.

For information on LCAC email lowestoftagainstthecuts@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday night’s meeting starts at from 7.30pm.

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