Stoke Council backs GMB demand for £5.5 million to keep children's services going

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10 Sep 2019
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What the people of Stoke need now is transparency on what jobs and services will be cut, says GMB Union

Stoke City Council has backed a call by GMB for £5.5 million in Government cash to maintain vital children’s services.

At a full council meeting on Thursday [September 5, 2019], the minority Conservative ruling group and their city independent coalition partners voted unanimously for a GMB supported Labour motion calling for an end to austerity in Stoke.

The move was backed by MPs Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell who have written to the Secretary of State for Local Government

Time and again the GMB have called for the full proposals to be published  - and now they must be.

Dave Warwick, GMB Organiser

Their letter demands the Government step in with the £5.5 million required by the Council to address funding required for vulnerable children.

Meanwhile more than 5,000 people have signed a petition protesting at the closure of Stoke breast feeding support services – a victim of the cuts.

Other service cuts proposed by Stoke Tories include:

  • Fly tipping team to be halved from 16 to 8;
  • Weed Killing Team to be closed altogether;
  • Street Sweepers reducing from 15 to 5;
  • Learning Disability Support being halved from 12 to 6;
  • Public Health Team Decimated;
  • Team responsible for checking for neglect in Care Homes drastically cut;

Dave Warwick, GMB Organiser, said:

“It’s great news the council has passed this motion, but the acid test comes on October 17.

“What the people of Stoke deserve is transparency on the proposed cuts.

“Time and again the GMB have called for the full proposals to be published  - and now they must be.”

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