Resist the cuts public meeting 17 November

In a bid to get communities and local people working together to resist further cuts to council services, South Lanarkshire UNISON is hosting a public meeting at 7pm on Thursday 17 November in South Lanarkshire Council HQ, Almada Street, Hamilton.

Community groups and local residents are welcome to come along to hear about how the cuts affect the delivery of essential services to the community, and we will be looking for your views on how these cuts and increases in charges affect you as service users.

Stephen Smellie, the union’s Branch Secretary said, “Once again Scottish councils, including South Lanarkshire Council, are being forced to consider making significant cuts in council services due to the continuing cuts in budgets. 

“As a public sector union UNISON recognises that, as well as cuts in jobs and the terms and conditions of our members, these cuts are having an impact on the services that are being delivered to the people in the area. Some services have been directly cut whilst others suffer from a poorer quality of services. Over the past few years charges for council services have increased with many people not able to afford these increases.

“We have engaged with the council in trying to mitigate some of the worst impacts of the cuts and will continue to do so. However we believe that a greater effort is needed to change the UK Government’s austerity policies and to demand greater investment in council services. 

“We would like to hear from service users, parents, carers and others what the cuts have meant to them, their family and their community.”