Cumbria Public Service Alliance
The Cumbria PSA aims to bring together trade unions, community groups, voluntary and faith groups and those dependant on public services to discuss how to respond to these threats, to protect our communities, and defend public services.
The coalition Government’s policies for public spending, welfare benefits and education have major implications for families and our communities.
Unemployment will rise dramatically - not least because more than 1 in 3 jobs in this area are in the public sector and many more dependent on public sector spending - the cuts in welfare benefits will harm the most needy and vulnerable.
Up to 50,000 jobs could be under threat in the region.
The proposed 25% cuts in departmental spending will take away services, provided by councils, voluntary and community bodies that are essential to support and help families and communities at such times.
The Government’s education proposals could result in radical changes to the management and running of schools as they accelerate the Academies programme with the private sector having a major role.
Reduced opportunities to study at college or University; and major cutbacks in apprenticeships and training will severely reduce opportunities for young people.
The coalition Government has no mandate to attack public services on the scale it proposes we must hold them to account.