Together with campaigner Sue Ferguson, we’re working with Liverpool Against the Cuts against the increased care charges passed by Liverpool City Council in December 2021, and further Budget cuts to social care and other services in 2022. Sue spoke out to Disability News Service. People from the Scrap Care Charges campaign, including in the North West England region, are helping too.
Dates and info from Liverpool Against the Cuts, starting tomorrow:
(1) 4pm Wednesday 26 January. Liverpool Town Hall: Lobby of councillors outside the full Council meeting. Please note this is not a meeting to discuss the Budget, although other very important issues such as the proposed expansion of John Lennon Airport are being discussed. The purpose of the lobby is to put our views to councillors before they make decisions on the budget, which will be voted on at the City Council Budget Meeting of 2 March.
(2) 7pm to 9pm Tuesday 1 February 2022 Friends Meeting House (Liverpool) and Zoom
Co-ordinating Conference against Local Government Cuts. This is being organised by Merseyside Pensioners Association, in conjunction with Liverpool Trades Council and Liverpool Against the Cuts. This is a hybrid (in person and by zoom) Conference. Register here.
WinVisible’s statement to Liverpool City Council warns that cutting social care support — even more than the crisis happening now — will kill more Liverpool residents. During the first year of the pandemic and lockdown, people on the homecare register in Liverpool — older women, people of colour suffering health inequality, people with high needs — lost their lives at MORE THAN TRIPLE the expected rate, mostly NOT COVID-related.
Liverpool Against the Cuts submission to the Budget consultation is here.