“Fife’s long running mental health organisation Today has had their funding cut by their local council and mental health services put out to tender and the contract has been awarded to a firm from down south whereas Today is well-known and well-liked by the local users of the service. There was no proper consultation before the council cuts were administered. This is happening all over the country. Two organisations campaigning for different things, the Save Our Schools Campaign from Glasgow and Today from Fife found themselves both side by side in front of the Scottish Parliament looking for support from the MSPs against their councils’ cuts.”
Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign
PRESS RELEASE . for immediate use (14th May 2009)
GLASGOW SAVE OUR SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN CALLS ON 129 MSPs TO SIGN DECLARATION IN DEFENCE OF EDUCATION IN COMMUNITIES
Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign has taken nearly 100 parents to the Scottish Parliament today, met with a group of MSPs, and started the process of getting a parliamentary majority of MSPs to sign up to a Declaration calling on the Glasgow city council to suspend its hasty attempts to close schools and nurseries by June, and asking for an urgent parliamentary investigation into the impact of these closures.
Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:
“We met with a group of MSPs from the Lib Dems, SNP and Labour. Two-thirds of them agreed to sign our MSPs’ Declaration on the spot, and to pursue other MSPs to do likewise.
“Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign will now write to and speak to every MSP to seek their backing, to further isolate the cost-cutting councillors in their George Square bunker. “Our aim is to pound the council into retreat with the help of the Scottish parliament.
“The issues involved are of grave concern for the whole nation, as well as traumatising 2,000 young children in its biggest city.
“The Labour council’s closures will mean bigger classes and less teachers –
both of which completely contradict the declared aims of the Scottish
government and the advice of educational experts.
“The so-called consultation procedure, where over 96 per cent opposition to
the closures was ignored by Steven Purcell and his puppet councillors,
undermines the whole idea of democracy and the Scottish parliament’s own
guidelines for public consultation.
“We appeal to the Scottish parliament to not remain silent on such key
issues, but to shout its opposition to these regressive, cost-cutting
closures from the rooftops.
“Our MSPs’ Declaration calls on the Scottish parliament to hold a thorough public investigation into the impact of the threatened closures on education, children’s health and safety, social inclusion, jobs, and the implications for the democartic process of consultation with communities.
There is no reason why any MSP of any party would not sign up to this Declaration.”
For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at
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