Guildford Against Fees And Cuts
We have seen a historic uprising of students all over the country- yet in Surrey the response has been strangely muted. Surrey University NUS booked coaches to ferry students to the 10th November demonstration but failed to build a campaign. Indeed, it was clear that the executive was reluctant to lay on transport at-all, and only did so because the demonstration was called by the National NUS. Surrey’s NUS did nothing to promote the event and refused to print or distribute posters. Some flyers were produced but they had no details of transport, time or place. The A5 flyers had only the word Demo-Lition and a date written on them. They looked like cryptic night-club flyers. This was surely an intentional device in order to limit the number of students attending the demonstration and stunt any campaign before it got started.
A meeting was held between two students and two Surrey NUS executive officers following the 10th November demonstration. In this meeting the Executives repeated many times that they did not want to see a campaign against Fees & Cuts in the University.
University Students, College Students and School Students must join with workers to fight against all cuts from all quarters. The cuts agenda is not based on fiscal considerations; it is an ideological attempt to roll back the welfare state.
There is a real alternative to:
*The scrapping of the EMA
*The rise in fees to £9,000
*40% cut in University education funding across the board
*Total end of government funding for arts and humanities subjects in universities
*Redundancies for lecturers and support staff
*The marketisation of education, which aims to produce a two tier education system and will see many universities close.
Students, teachers, lecturers and parents must recognise that the cuts in education are part of the wider cuts to public services.
In Surrey this means:
*Closure of the connections careers and youth advisory service
*25% cut in fire service
*The probable closure of all libraries, to be replaced by mobile libraries
*Scrapping of the Education Welfare Service
*400 redundancies at the Royal Surrey Hospital, with more to come
*The reduction of beds per ward at the Royal Surrey Hospital
*Cutting of home help service for the disabled and elderly
*Closure of youth centres and Youth Outreach Services
*There has already been a £3.5million cut in Youth Services
*The subsidy for “less profitable” bus services scrapped –meaning less busses and the end to some routes
*Mother and Baby support service closed
*A 30% cut in government funding to the council
*Scrapping of infrastructure projects and road repair programs
*The job Centre is also due to be cut, just when unemployment is rising
*Community Support offices in Frimley, Farnham, and Staines are going to close
*Family support funding is going to be scrapped
*The council’s adult service budget is being slashed
This is just a few of the savage cuts we are seeing to our public services.
Employment is set to soar in Surrey. Funding for the National Tax Office in Woking is to be slashed, whilst large corporations get away with dodging multi-million pound tax bills. Surrey’s primary schools have been urged to become academies thus removing the council’s responsibility for primary school education. Social workers are going to be made redundant, with those that are left doing more of the administration that support workers were doing.
But if we stand together and say NO we can reverse this attack on our living standards. The students have shown us how. The cracks in the coalition are already starting to widen, but we need to work together, the cuts aren’t going to defeat themselves.
We’ve started a F/book page “Guildford Against Fees And Cuts”. We want this to become the main conduit for communication to discuss our ideas. Please join and post your ideas.
Most of all we need help to kick start the campaign in Guildford.
*We need help to run a stall in the University- It doesn’t matter whether you are a student.
*We need help to distribute flyers at Guildford College and in the town centre.
Guildford Against Fees And Cuts – as part of the wider Save Our Services in Surrey campaign. – Help us build for the demonstrations on the 11th and 21st December.
Dates To Remember:
Thursday, December 9, at 12:00pm, Parliament Square, London
The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts – March on Parliament.
This is the day parliament decides on the future of education
Saturday, December 11th, at 11:30am, Assemble Woking Train Station
Demonstration Against The Cuts. Called by Save Our Services in Surrey.
This promises to be a large demonstration to kick-start the campaign in Guildford and beyond. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111862642215211&ref=mf
Tuesday, December 21, at 12:00pm, Outside County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, KT1
Don’t Let Them Sell Out Surrey: Lobby Surrey County Council.
The council will be deciding the fate of the Fire Service, Libraries, Youth and Senior Citizen’s services at this meeting.
No Ifs No Buts No Public Service or Education cuts!!!
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