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Unions reject deal with Southampton Council

November 22, 2011 by

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Council Worker unions in Southampton have rejected the Council’s ‘final proposal’ for pay and job cuts amongst its staff, with nearly 70% of members of the Unite and Unison unions voting against them. Out of 2400 members balloted between them, Unison rejected the proposals 389 to 340, whilst Unite rejected it 266 to 53.  62.5% […]

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 […]

Southampton goes to the polls: Summary and Predictions

May 3, 2011 by

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Councillor seats across Southampton are up for grabs this Thursday 5th, with many expecting the local election to deliver a verdict on how the Council is dealing out the cuts dealt out by the coalition government. Seats in all 16 wards are holding elections for councillors alongside the referendum on AV, with a slew of […]

Both Universities in Southampton to charge much more than government’s suggested Fees

April 13, 2011 by

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Both universities in Southampton have now declared their new levels of tuition fees for 2012 and beyond in reaction to cuts in government funding, with Solent to charge £7,800 and Southampton planning to charge the maximum of £9,000. Both these figures exceed the £6,000 rate originally envisioned by the coalition government, who indicated that universities […]

Protests galore as Southampton demonstrates against the cuts

March 23, 2011 by

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Pissed off Southamptoners will be taking to the streets of Southampton and London over the next couple of days as protests against cuts from both local and national government kick off following the coalition’s budget announcement today. At half 12 on Thursday 24th members of the Unite and UNISON unions for council workers will be […]

‘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 […]