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Published on June 11, 2024



UNISON march through Ipswich to protest at £65m planned cuts


Members of UNISON gathered on the Cornhill, Ipswich, on Saturday calling for planned £65m cuts to local funding to be overturned.

They say that £11m of the proposed cuts would directly impact front line services at Suffolk County Council and could put 350 jobs at risk across the county.

Members held boards that said: “Stop the Cuts in Suffolk” and chanted: “No ifs, no buts, no more cuts.”



 UNISON, Branch Secretary, Neil Bland said: "The problem with the cuts is that central government is not giving local authorities enough funding to meet their statutory duties."

He said Suffolk County Council was being put in the position of having to cut services which would lead to redundancies. 



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And UNISON members at Suffolk County Council are organising a series of protests pushing the council to stop the cuts, and calling on Westminster politicians to properly fund local government.

Lobby MPs in Westminster. Date and details to be announced.


UNISON Demo, 23rd May, Endeavour House, 1.00pm-2.00pm 


 UNISON held a demo outside Endeavour House to demonstrate against the local cuts within our services.

The members stood outside ahead of the day's full council meeting, demanding that £65m cuts to local funding be overturned.

The proposed cuts say that £11m would directly come out of the services budget and could put 350 jobs at risk across the county.

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Suffolk County Council cuts ‘take services past breaking point,’ warns UNISON

 Responding to the news that Suffolk County Council plans to make £65 million of spending cuts, including £11m in staffing costs, over the next year, UNISON Suffolk County branch secretary Neil Bland said:

 “Councils have spent the last decade slashing spending to the bone, cuts on this scale will take services in Suffolk past breaking point.

 “It’s still too early to say exactly where the axe will fall, but cuts on this scale will mean hundreds of job losses.

 “This will be a disaster for council workers as well as the people relying on the services they provide.

 “Even if the council manages to avoid or minimise compulsory redundancies, remaining staff will have unmanageable levels of extra work piled on them. Communities across Suffolk are sure to feel the hit.

 “But cuts are inevitable unless Westminster stops starving local government of desperately needed funds.”

 Notes to editors:

– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in local government, education, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors

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