March against cuts to take place on Saturday

Wirral Needs Action (WNA), a broad coalition committed to stopping cuts to services and facilities in Wirral, has organised a march opposing the cuts this Saturday.

Wirral Needs Action and Defend THe NHS has called a march and rally assembling at 12.30pm on Saturday 26 February in Hamilton Square. The March coincides with the SOS NHS national day of action.

A spokesperson for WNA said, “Our aim is to oppose the £19m cuts and at the same time offer Wirral residents, community groups and workers a voice.

“The council recently amended the budget proposals but the threatened sites still include: libraries; leisure centres; golf clubs; and swimming pools. These are all important for the health and wellbeing of Wirral residents. A range of front-line services and council commitments such as the climate emergency fund, are also affected.”

WNA believe that the £19m cuts proposed by Wirral Council will have a detrimental effect on Wirral residents’ quality of life, and disproportionately affect those who need these services the most.

The spokesperson continued, “On top of this, there are now massive increases in gas and electricity prices, inflation at its highest level for thirty years, large increases in Council Tax and a £20 cut to Universal Credit.

“People simply can’t cope anymore with ‘getting less, and paying more’. WNA has a core belief in public service provision run and maintained by local councils for local people. We reject any notion of a ‘hierarchy of cuts’. We oppose them all.

“Every public facility is there for a reason, and that is to enhance the quality of life of Wirral’s residents. Every community not only needs its libraries, leisure centres, swimming pools, etc., it also needs them to be properly maintained and invested in.”

The WNA march and rally takes place on Saturday 26 February at 12:30pm and attendees are asked to assemble outside the former Town Hall in Hamilton Square.

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