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On Monday 20th December the Bradford People’s Coalition Against the Cuts held a well attended meeting of around 25 people at the Bradford Resource Centre. Primarily the audience was a mix of workers and students united in their desire to oppose proposed cuts across the board. It was a very productive meeting with a lot of opinions being expressed and information given regarding forthcoming action both in Bradford and nationally.

At the meeting a petition was drawn up and signed by most if not all of those present which is to be delivered to Bradford Council at their January meeting. The petition is asking them to reject the cuts drawn up by central government as they will have an adverse affect on the most vulnerable groups in our community. Bradford is probably one of the most deprived cities in Britain with high levels of unemployment. Despite this Eric Pickles announced a £67 million pound budget cut to the local council over the next two years which is bound to have an impact on services accessed by the most needy members of the community. It has also been estimated that up to 7,500 council workers could lose their jobs, which will do nothing to improve the matter. A busy and vital year lies ahead for all those who oppose the cuts both in the city and nationally.

Matt Leek, Bradford Socialist Party