Where I live our ‘lollipop’ men and women are being given the chop, we’re being asked to nominate streets we think are most in need of having potholes filled and mental health services are up for grabs.
One neighbour was ‘restructured’ out of a teaching job, which she believes was linked to challenging education ‘reforms’ which she opposed on the basis that they pulled against good educational standards.
Another neighbour, a librarian says it isn’t ‘if’ but ‘when’ libraries will be closed and more local jobs lost.
The small bus service that meanders around Lambeth is in danger. What this would mean for my octogenarian Aunty is an end to her daily trip into Brixton where she is guaranteed to see friends, buy good and nutritious fresh food and retain her link with the community that is her life.
And next door but one, our friend now gets home at least one hour later from her NHS job because of fewer people to cover essential work, unpaid overtime of course.
We’ve got posters up in our street to encourage friends and neighbours to join in the ‘March for the Alternative’ demonstration on 26 March. The spending cuts raining down are close and they are personal, imposed by a government that more and more resembles the Keystone Cops - chaotic and accident prone.
Hope to see you there.