BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 7thSeptember 2012
Care Services Petition Gets Great Reception
Wherever we’ve taken the leaflets and petition to defend Bristol care services they’ve had a great reception, with people queueing up to sign it. It shows conclusively that the people of Bristol want council-run care homesand day centres, not a privatised service on the cheap. Councillors have complained that people are being unnecessarily frightened about these cuts. Our reply is that councillors are complacently minimising the effects the cuts will have on the elderly and vulnerable.
But we need your help to get more signatures over the next ten days. We will have stalls across Bristol on 8thSeptember &15thSeptember. Details of places and times.on our website here. (Scroll down a little for information.) Facebook here.Please join us if you can. Any queries on the plans please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also leafletting outside the series of ‘consultation’ meetings the council is holding with staff and users of the threatened care facilities. These meetings are mostly on week days in the day time. Details of the meetings are here. If you can help leaflet these meetings please email email@example.com
You can sign the petition on-linevia our website here. Please forward the link to anyone you know who might sign it. We need as many signatures as possible by 18thSeptember. You can download a petitionsheet from our website here. Print it out and get friends, neighbours, colleagues to sign. Return any sheets as soon as possible to BADACA, 4 Maycliffe Park, Bristol, BS6 5JH
The leafletis available online here. If you can use printed leaflets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget the MASS LOBBY OF THE COUNCIL on 18TH SEPT! Details below
The election for a mayor of Bristol is in November. The first hustings meetingshave been announced, where candidates can be quizzed on their policies. We need to ensure that candidates are put on the spot about cuts in general and care services in particular. Details of meetings and how to submit a question can be found here(Southmead), here(Clifton) and here(Lawrence Hill). Look out for more dates to come.
Council and housing association tenantslocally have received this consultation paper about housing policy, tenancies & benefits. Produced by tenant organisations, it contains lots of useful information and is worth reading by anyone interested in housing. The introduction suggests they would welcome responses from any tenants – even those who haven’t been sent it. So if you have received it don’t forget to respond by 24th September. If you haven’t been sent it have a read and think about whether to respond or not. You can find the document on our website here.
Please help us to distribute the new edition of BADACA’s NHS pamphlet as widely as possible. It’s available online here. You can get printed copies by emailing email@example.com.
More details will be available soon about the TUC’s‘A Future That Works’ demonstration on Saturday October 20th. Over the next few months we all need to do everything possible to make this a huge demonstration against the government’s economic policy – Put the date in your diary now and watch out for more details as they become available. Facebook here. Information on TUC website here.
The National Union of Students is also organising a national demonstration against fees, cuts and privatisation on November 21st. Full details soon. Current information is on Facebook here.
Please try to get involved in as many of the activities below as possible and pass the information on to others who may be interested
If you want more information about anything below, email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
Twitter – http://twitter.com/BrisNoCuts.
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to email@example.com. Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
Come to the council meeting and tell councillors what the people of Bristol think of their plans to cut services for the elderly and vulnerable. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 24thSeptember
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
This month we will be focussing on the campaign to save our care homes & day centres in Bristol. Following the lobby of the council on 18th September we will be discussing our next moves in the run up to the mayoral election. All welcome! Facebookhere. For more information email email@example.com
National Shop Stewards’ Network Lobby of TUC in Brighton – “Call a General Strike Against Austerity!” – Sunday 9thSeptember
Bristol coach pickup: By @Bristol, Anchor Road.
For a Future That Works – Festival organised By South Gloucestershire Unison – Saturday September 22nd
Kingswood Park, Bristol.Live Music, Family Fun, Food, Refreshments, Speakers