7:30am, Wednesday 22nd January
at the Kursaal Function Suite, Southend
Public Meeting: ‘Axe the Bedroom Tax’
organised by Southend Against The Cuts.
Speakers include: Eileen Short from the national Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation
Protest and Debate – Save our NHS!
Meet 1pm, Thursday 28th November outside Suffolk House, Baxter Avenue, Southend
The Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (which runs local NHS services) is having a public discussion about the NHS, led by NHS on a national basis, calling on the” staff, public and politicians to help NHS meet future demand and tackle the funding gap through honest and realistic debate.”
The meeting starts at 1:30pm at Suffolk House in Baxter Avenue.
The public will be allowed to debate the subject for about an hour before the board goes on with its other
Supporters of Southend Against The Cuts and Keep Our NHS Public will meet outside at 1pm to demonstrate our opposition to cuts and privatisation – the debate shouldn’t just be about what is cut but about building a better NHS for all! Those who are able to stay will then take our message into the meeting.
Keep Delaware and Priory Open! Lobby Southend Council’s Scrutiny Committee
Meet 5:45pm, Tuesday 26th November, front steps of Civic Centre.
Southend Council’s recent Cabinet meeting did not overturn proposals for the closures of either home or changes for the day centre.
However the scrutiny committee on the 26th November at 6.30pm could refer these proposals back to the cabinet meeting, which could at least delay the implementation and give a chance for further pressure.
Obviously any rejection of proposals and reference back will be influenced by all the questions, queries and letters sent in plus Cllr Woodley’s’ proposals.
To support reference back and to follow up from the successful Vigils, Unison is calling a lobby of the scrutiny committee meeting.
We want to help keep the campaign profile up and the pressure on those that are making the decisions.
Candlelight vigil at Priory House at 4:30pm on Friday 15th November.
Priory House is off Prittlewell Chase just up from Fairfax Drive (next to the old driving test centre).
As part of the campaign to stop Southend Council closing Priory House and Delaware House Residential Homes and Priory Day Centre, we are asking for support for this evening protest.
The Echo will be present at 4:30pm for a photoshoot so please support this event if you can. The Council’s Cabinet meets next week to consider their plans, so we want to keep the campaign in the news!
The vigil is supported by Unison as well as by residents’ families. A similar protest is planned at Delaware House next week – details to be circulated.
News from Southend Against The Cuts 2nd October 2013
*** Friday 4th October – Leafleting against the bedroom tax ***
From 4pm, activists from Southend Against The Bedroom Tax will leaflet travellers at rail stations including Southend Victoria, Southend Airport, Rayleigh and others. Join them to get the message out about this unfair tax!
*** Monday 7th October – Southend Against The Cuts Organising Meeting ***
5:30pm at the Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend. Join us for a short organising meeting t discuss how to take our campaign against austerity forward. All welcome!
*** Thursday 17th October – Lobby Southend council against the cuts ***
Southend will be holding a full council meeting on 17th October. There will be debates on petitions from the campaigns to save Southend’s branch libraries and to stop the closure of Priory House and Delaware House residential homes for the elderly.
Activists from both campaigns and from Unison have called a lobby of the council meeting. We will meet at 5:30pm outside Southend Victoria rail station and march to the Civic Centre. We will then lobby councillors on their way into the meeting, asking them to reject proposals to close three out of six branch libraries and the two residential homes. We want them to stand up for these vital public services instead of giving in to government cutbacks.
Please join this important protest!
Southend Against the Cuts
Southend Against The Cuts supporters joined the march and rally ‘Stand Up For Southend Libraries’ in Southend High Street last Saturday 10th August.
There are more photos on Face book here:
March & Rally – Stand Up For Southend Libraries – Saturday 10th August
Assemble 11am Pier Hill, Southend, march to rally at Victoria Circus. Speakers from local and national library campaigns.
This is borough-wide demonstration to save our library service. Defend ALL our branch librarie !