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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2020
What will we do if they cut Camden nurseries?
Camden nursery workers and parents protest nursery closures, photo Hugo Pierre (Click to enlarge)
Hugo Pierre, schools convenor for Unison in Camden
Camden council cuts mean four nurseries will lose all their places for two, three and four year olds. Campaigners lobbied the Labour council against the £600,000 cut to the budget on 2 March.
The nurseries are in the most deprived parts of the borough. They provide a valuable opportunity for children who otherwise would start school below national average levels of achievement.
A recent report revealed that the Camden life expectancy gap between rich and poor has doubled during this austerity decade. Incredibly, the council say these cuts are an opportunity to tackle underachievement of deprived children - by replacing nursery places with drop-in services.
So working parents, anyone in education or those acting as carers for other family members can drop all this, to find time to pop into the Sure Start service with their kids? Low-income families, especially if parents work multiple jobs, will surely find a sympathetic ear from their exploitative employer!
The lead councillor for this project was put on the spot by parents and the staff union Unison. They are jointly campaigning vigorously throughout the borough to oppose these cuts, and call on the Labour council to abandon them.
In the rally outside, there was good support for the Socialist Party view that these cuts councillors should be replaced by fighters willing to organise the local community to demand the money for our services from the Tories.
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In The Socialist 4 March 2020:
Covid-19: A socialist response to the Coronavirus crisis
International Women's Day 2020
International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity
A legacy of women workers and the class struggle
Uni strikers determined to defeat the bosses
Defend the right to strike! Southampton solidarity meeting
Strike wave around London - this is why we need socialists in city hall
West London parking workers' strike
Charity workers' strike
Electricians pay victory
Anti-academy strikes kick off in Redbridge
Royal Glam A&E: Victory is within our grasp
What will we do if they cut Camden nurseries?
Labour councils miss opportunity to stop Tory cuts
30,000 strike for the climate in Bristol
Why I joined the Socialist Party: I resent the 1% and the system that allows them to exist
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