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Solent on strike: walk-out round-up and the government’s Autumn Statement

December 1, 2011 by

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Thousands of public sector workers went on strike yesterday in what Unions say was the biggest collective day of action since the Winter of Discontent or even the 1926 General Strike. Over 2’000 are reported to have marched on Southampton’s Guildhall with hundreds also rallying in rainy Newport, Portsmouth and Winchester as a predicted 15’000 […]

Southampton City Council planning wholesale privatisation of public services, local MP claims

November 12, 2011 by

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The leaders of Southampton City Council are planning a “wholesale privatisation” of local services in order to become an infamous ‘Virtual Council’, which local MP Alan Whitehead claims will be “a disaster for Southampton”. The accusation comes following the publishing of the Council’s “Change Agenda” written by Council Leader Royston Smith and Chief Executive Alastair […]

Minister says there’s “no excuse” for cuts to social care like Southampton Council’s

November 1, 2011 by

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The Minister for Care Services has criticised local authorities such as Southampton for cutting social care using the excuse of central government cuts despite extra money has been made available for social care. In a statement from local MPs Alan Whitehead and John Denham Southampton City Council has been slammed for planning to cut almost […]

‘Big Society’ under threat in Southampton as cuts start to bite

March 2, 2011 by

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Voluntary and community groups in Southampton are facing the prospect of around 20% cuts in their funding from the City Council as tough budget cuts are implemented. Critics have pointed out that this stands in contrast with the government’s plans to promote the ‘Big Society’ as an alternative to the public sector, despite many the […]

Southampton amongst the cities taking the brunt of cuts

December 19, 2010 by

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Southampton is amongst the cities which will take the brunt of the government’s cuts to local councils, despite being  poorer than many other areas which are getting off with less or even no cuts. Local MP Alan Whitehead (who has been quite busy recently in local politics, see here for more recent shenanigans) has claimed […]

Freemantle’s biggest open space under threat once again, local community fighting back

December 10, 2010 by

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Freemantle’s biggest open space, known by many as The Field, is once again potentially threatened with development despite Council plans to purchase it and keep it for public use. Bovis homes originally applied to build on the 7 acre open space, which used to be the Civil Service’s sports ground.  However, local residents, who had […]

Victory for local community group as Council backs allotments on scrap land

November 8, 2010 by

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Southampton City Council has promised that it will turn over a piece of idle land, that they originally intended to sell off for housing to allotments.  This follows a long campaign by local community group NBSP who had asked for either a community garden or allotments. The 3/4 acre piece of land lies unused opposite […]