Jamie Reed calls public meeting over cuts
Last updated at 11:39, Thursday, 08 November 2012
A PUBLIC meeting in Whitehaven has been organised by Copeland’s MP to talk about the major cuts facing the borough.
The meeting will be held in Whitehaven Civic Hall next Friday, November 16, at 7pm.
Jamie Reed says he will talk about the austerity cuts facing Copeland and discuss ways in which the community can work together to help.
It follows the shock announcement that facilities such as Whitehaven Civic Hall, The Beacon and Tourist Information Centre are “proposed for closure” as Copeland Council has to slash £2.6million from its budget by 2015. Christmas lights and floral displays could also stop being provided if partners are not found to run them.
The MP said: “Copeland and West Cumbria stands at a fork in the road. I want to speak with people about what austerity means, and what we can do to ensure that, even in the face of unfair and disproportionate cuts, as a community our best days are ahead of us.
“The worst of the cuts are yet to come – housing benefit, council tax benefit and unemployment benefit are all on the government’s agenda; and regional pay will have a crippling impact in Copeland, where such a high percentage of our employment is in the public sector.
“This is an opportunity for ordinary people, not politicians, to ask questions, share their views and become involved in a discussion about our future. It is not a redundant shouting match, nor is it about pointing fingers; it’s about us all pulling together and working hard to achieve our collective aims.
“We have some serious decisions to make about the long term future of our community and our economy and I want everyone to understand the huge opportunities facing us.”
People will be encouraged to respond to Copeland’s budget consultation which, despite widespread coverage, has so far only received around 70 formal responses.
For details and to respond to Copeland Council’s budget consultation go to: http://www.opinionsuite.com/cumbria/copeland-borough-council/
First published at 11:38, Thursday, 08 November 2012
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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If the comments attributed to Jamie Reed following his public meeting are correct (the underground nuclear dump is the only thing that can save Copeland), then he clearly isn't fit to be our MP. How would other locations around the country feel if they heard such a comment coming from their MP? We're all doomed if we don't vote for a dump after millions were spent 15 years ago to prove it isn't viable!!!What might makes things better? Representation by people who haven't been brainwashed by those in London who far more intelligent than them into believing that the nuclear industry is our only way out of a short term crisis. In the long run, a dump is far more likely to lead to the damnation of our future generations. Or has Mr Reed forgotten that he is making his claims on the back of a damning report on the state of Sellafield? If the dump goes ahead, and goes wrong in 100 years time, our leaders will be telling the press we were pioneers and mistakes were inevitable, just as they are now.
Hope so John, though Copeland has a smaller budget and I think has had a bigger cut to make. Fingers crossed that they'll get it together.
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