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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 June 2010

Stop attacks on services for the vulnerable in Nuneaton

We have repeatedly heard the government say that although the forthcoming cuts will be 'savage', the most vulnerable in society will be protected. Yet in Nuneaton cuts have targeted people already under stress and on the edge of society.

Tom Sidwell, Nuneaton Socialist Party

The Pastels day centre in Nuneaton provided support for people who experience social exclusion, long term unemployment, broken family life, anxiety, depression or other similar conditions.

As well as counselling adults, the staff and volunteers provided advice, comfort and stress management services for vulnerable school children.

But in a 'back door' cut this service was withdrawn by Nuneaton and Bedworth council with little more than 24 hours notice.

Underhand

This underhand cut to a discreet yet vital public service has left many already vulnerable people even more isolated and distressed, particularly since some were part-way through a potentially life-changing course.

The Socialist Party in Nuneaton has already launched a campaign against cuts at our local hospital, but events like this point to the need for a broader campaign against all cuts to public services, a campaign which needs to involve trade unionists and community groups. We call on all concerned citizens to join us on Wednesday 30 June for the Nuneaton People's Protest Day.

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