Demonstrate May 16 against closure of Cherry Orchard and all social-care cuts

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Demonstrate tomorrow (May 16) against closure of Cherry Orchard and all cuts to social care, says Andover TUC

ANDOVER TUC has urged people who oppose the closure of Cherry Orchard elderly care home to join an emergency demonstration in Winchester tomorrow (Monday May 16) organised by care workers’ unions against massive cuts in adult social care set to be nodded through by Tory Hampshire County Council.

The protest, called by public-sector union Unison, starts at the Hog Statue in the Hampshire County Council Castle Complex, Winchester, at 1:30pm, ahead of a meeting that aims to rubber-stamp £24 million of cuts.

Care services across the county, including residential homes and day care centres for the elderly, for people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, face closure if plans tabled by the authority are passed, with charges increased or introduced for those that remain, Unison has warned.

The union says that the authority has begun moving people out of some centres ahead of the formal decision, making a nonsense of the supposed consultation process.

Andover TUC secretary Derek Kotz said:

“The proposed closure of Cherry Orchard here in Andover has rightly caused a storm of protest, and it is just one of a massive raft of cuts that Hampshire County Council is aiming to impose on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Care workers and users of these lifeline services across the county have complained that the consultation supposedly already carried out over the first raft of cuts has been little more than window dressing.

“That will only underline fears that the consultation over Cherry Orchard will be a sham.

“Andover TUC will be joining the demonstration in Winchester tomorrow and we urge as many who can get there at such short notice to get there if they can, so please get in touch urgently if you need a lift or can offer one.”

Note to editors: Anyone who needs a lift or can offer one should contact Derek Kotz on 07939 595 092 or Sarah Evans on 07941 227 757.

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About Sarah Evans

Community campaigner, working mum, Labour Party activist, chair of Hampshire Labour Representation Committee (LRC) and LRC national committee member.
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