#Islington’s Comedy Against Austerity – 16 May

May 2, 2014
  • Time and Date: Friday 16 May, 7-11pm
  • Place: Sotheby Mews Day Centre, Sotheby Road, (just off Blackstock Road)
  • Cost: £10/Concessions, £5

Help pay for the venue before the gig by sending your cheques to and collect tickets from IHOOPS, The Elfrida Society, 34 Islington Park Street, London N1 1PX. Tel. 020 7359 7443.

Progressive comedians, Jeremy Hardy, Francesca Martinez and David Jordan are coming to Islington to support good causes and give people a laugh.

PIC Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy: opposing the ConDem comedians

They will perform in a fundraising comedy and music gig. Food, drink and a raffle will feature.

Funds go to local anti-austerity campaigners, IHOOPS, Islington Disabled People Against the Cuts and the Elfrida Society’s entertainment team, the Wild Bunch Club.

The gig is supported by Islington GMB, Islington National Union of Teachers and the Islington Trades Council.

IHOOPS chair, Andy Bains said:

“Protest against injustice is never a waste of time and IHOOPS works as a coordinating group to raise the struggle in Islington against austerity, cuts and privatisation.

“The Accident and Emergency unit at the Whittington would not be there if there had been no protest. IHOOPS is pleased to support this fundraising night of comedy and music as a step in building the movement against this Government.”

Austerity isn’t working, so come and have a laugh while resisting the cuts!

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Islington People’s Assembly – THE VIDEO

November 2, 2011

Interim Report from Islington Peoples Assembly

October 15, 2011

This Interim report has been sent to all of the relevant Councillors in Islington Council.

On Saturday 17th September 2011 over 80 people attended Islington People’s Assembly, organised by Islington Hands off Our Public Services (Ihoops). The following is a report on the outputs from the People’s Assembly that relate to Islington Council. Other actions, such as NHS issues, will be progressed in other ways. There are eight sections and the theme for each is briefly summarised and then followed by our demands on Islington Council, including aspects where we hope we can work together.

Introduction

The Tory-led coalition government is implementing a wide programme of devastating cuts in public sector spending. The cuts threaten a huge range of services that ordinary people rely on, from the NHS and pensions to local public services, community organisations, benefits and access to education.

On Saturday 17th September 2011 over 80 people attended Islington People’s Assembly, organised by Islington Hands off Our Public Services (Ihoops). Workers, trade unionists, community groups and local residents met to debate and discuss what could be done to stop the government’s assault on our communities, jobs and lives. There were a range of speakers and workshops covering the many areas in which the Tory cuts are impacting on the local community.

In February 2010 Islington Council voted through a range of cuts totalling over £40m in cuts to public services, and have stated a figure of £39m in cuts for 2011-12. It is clear that these cuts would not only further decimate a community already struggling following last year’s cuts, but would also lead to huge increases in social problems such as crime, youth offending, mental health problems and homelessness. All problems, which, in turn, will cost significantly more to remedy than the preventative services originally funded to avoid them.

The following is a report on the outputs from the People’s Assembly that relate to Islington Council.  Other actions, such as NHS issues, will be progressed in other ways. There are 8 sections and the theme for each is briefly summarised and then followed by our demands on Islington Council, including aspects where we hope we can work together.

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Education for all: schools, colleges and universities

The education workshop brought together students, parents and teachers from different sectors – primary and secondary school, FE College, youth services and Higher Education.  There was a wide ranging discussion. Cuts and privatisation are destroying existing structures and many vital services that provide for the most vulnerable children. Retired head teacher Sue Seifert spoke of her dismay that vital services were being cut and that, once gone; they are likely to be lost forever.  The cuts in funding which have resulted in a total of twenty six staff, both teachers and support staff in the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) being made redundant is an example of significant services, impacting often on the most vulnerable children,  being lost.

It was recognised that the council, Ihoops and local education unions had worked well together campaigning against the specific threat of academy conversions. It was felt that a similar approach to youth unemployment, the cuts to EMA and the introduction of tuition fees could benefit from the same alliance approach. However some of us felt that by implementing Coalition cuts the Council is making it more difficult to achieve this unity. We want to work with the council in opposing cuts and want to see Councillors leading the whole community in a fight against cuts as a matter of urgency. We would like to see the council engage in a wide ranging discussion with all those involved, seeking to democratise the decisions about education provision. Ihoops are keen to work with others  in such a forum to produce an alternative manifesto for education and youth services in the borough: outlining what needs to be done to improve education, and to make it more democratically accountable, involving children, young people and their parents as well as workers in the education and youth services.

Education: Key Demands for the Council.

1.       There is an existential threat to public education from academies and free schools. We have to be positive and proactive in defending public education, and we want the council to be equally proactive

2.       To encourage local trade union branches and workplace groups to invite local councillors to attend their meetings to discuss educational issues and to urge the councillors to take up the invitations.

3.       To call on Islington council to create a forum for all those involved to discuss the future of education in Islington after it is brought back “in house” in 2013, following the end of the contract with Cambridge Education

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Decent Pensions for All: The fight for dignity in old age

The pension’s workshop discussed the need to campaign for Pensions for All. The demand has now been adopted by the TUC. The 30th November which is likely to be a date of strike action by public sector unions is a key date to campaign around Pensions for All.

The importance of building solidarity across the generations was discussed. Supporting and developing the kind of forums that had been begun at the People’s Assembly is a necessary part of doing this.

The workshop also discussed the issue of fuel poverty and its impact on elderly people. The need to defend winter fuel payments and campaign against cuts in them was identified. A free national health care system was seen as necessary to establish dignity in old age. Similarly maintaining a warden service in sheltered housing and preventing cuts to lunch clubs which provide a range of support and services for elderly people was seen as vital.

Pensions: Key Demands for the Council

1.       The council to ensure no cuts to wardens in sheltered housing

2.       The council to defend and protect lunch clubs and ensure no cuts to these services.

3.    To work with other organizations including Ihoops and Islington Pensioners Forum to build solidarity across the generations and find ways of developing opportunities to do this.

4.    To work with local public sector unions to support the Nov 30th pensions strikes and demonstrations.

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The attack on the NHS and mental health services: Keep the NHS public

The workshop discussed the huge attack facing the NHS. The Health and Social Care Bill currently on its way through the Houses of Parliament will result in the privatisation of the Health Service. The workshop discussed the opposition to it and the importance of the campaign to stop the Bill. In addition the workshop also discussed the need for a focus on mental healthcare where devastating cuts and changes are taking place. It was agreed of the need urgently to involve health worker trade unionists in the broader campaign against the Health and Social Care Bill. The workshop agreed to support the upcoming public sector strikes and include case studies in campaigning leaflets.

The workshop discussed establishing an Ihoops working group on health, aiming to support the  Defend the Whittington and wider HNS campaign. The idea of a petition which could be used to get GPs surgeries and dental practices to sign up against marketisation of the NHS was raised. Finally the workshop suggested a Defend Islington NHS conference in 2012 with a focus on participation by grassroots organisations.

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Housing: why the cuts are breaking up communities

The Housing workshop agreed that council housing should, in principle, return to council control where it is more accountable and secure. There was concern that Government policy will drive up rents and that secure tenancy agreements will no longer be available for future tenants. There was also concern that former local authority housing which is transferred to arms length companies will, like Housing Associations become accountable to shareholders rather than tenants, leading to a poorer service for tenants in all areas.

If Homes for Islington keep control of housing stock, will they merge with other ALMOs to become large business concerns? Will they push for more part buy/part rent stock as other housing associations have, at the expense of less housing for rent in social housing?  It was argued that if council housing is returned to local authority control that there will be an opportunity to have the service scrutinised by democratically elected councillors making it more accountable and transparent.
The workshop argued for full consultation and a ballet of all tenants on the issue who runs the local authority housing stock by 2014. Tenants should be given an opportunity to examine equally the case for local authority control and against it. The material provided should not be biased propaganda produced by wealthy ALMOS, as it has been on previous occasions when tenants have been asked to make decision. The decision over the original contract won by Homes for Islington and the contract for refurbishment of bathrooms and kitchens were both given as examples where tenants were asked to make decisions based on one-sided information.

Housing:  Key Demands for the Council

1.       To join with Ihoops and other groups to campaign for the return of local authority housing to Local Authority Control.

2.       To organise a ballot of tenants by 2014 on the issue of which organisation should run local authority housing.

3.       To ensure that the ballot process allow tenants to make an informed choice based on material which allows the case to be made equally by both sides.

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Attacks on disability benefits and services and how to resist

The workshop discussed a number of important areas. At the moment the benefit system is undergoing major reform both locally and nationally. Over 1.3 million Incapacity Benefit claimants are being re-assessed. The assessment has three possible outcomes; ready for work – straight onto Job seekers Allowance, ready for support into work qualifying for Employment and Support Allowance, not ready to work placed onto Employment and Support Allowance. In the latter case a long term sick review may not take place again for eighteen months.

This affects thousands of people in Islington, currently 70% of claimants are assessed as ready to work – which affect Housing Benefit entitlement, Council tax levels of contribution and charges for services locally. Many people appeal their decisions and 40% of appeals by claimants are won. However the appeal process can have a major impact on mental and physical health during that time, sometimes requiring crisis intervention. It was agreed that an impact assessment of the reassessment of claimants was vital and believe this should be carried out by the council if it has not already been undertaken. In addition it was suggested that Islington Council funds the development of an independent advocate to support disabled residents through the assessment and appeal process. Figures show that 70% of claimants supported at assessments by informed advisors are placed in the group ready for support into work. The will also reduce the demand for local government services.

From available records 16% of Islington residents declared as being disabled whereas Islington Council (LBI) has approximately 5% of employees declared as disabled.  Accurate and well informed records of the number of people declaring as disabled are crucial, since they can demonstrate a lack of funding from Central government related to specific need. They are also necessary to plan adequately for services locally such as Social Care.

Disability: Key Demands for the Council

1.       An impact assessment of the Incapacity Benefit reassessments and appeal process.

2.       The funding and development of an independent advisor and advocate to assist claimants in the assessment and appeals process.

3.       The establishment of an accurate and well informed record of the number of people declaring as disabled within the borough.

4.       A plan to address the gap between the low number of disabled people employed by the council both in house and through contractors and the much larger number of disabled people living in the borough.

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One Million Climate Jobs: Solving the environmental and economic crisis

The Environment Workshop at the Islington People’s Assembly brought together representatives from IHOOPs, the Green Party, the Council’s Energy Team and Greenspace Team and the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group and others.

It was agreed that inefficient use of energy was a threat contributing to rising carbon emissions leading to irreversible climate change, increased fuel poverty and future energy efficiency. It was also agreed that tackling the inefficient use of energy was an opportunity for tackling high unemployment levels particularly amongst the young.

It was agreed that the most effective action in reducing carbon emissions in domestic properties, combating fuel poverty and reducing dependence on finite supplies of fossil fuels was the mass insulation of homes.  It was agreed that the Coalition’s withdrawal of funding and reliance on the market to fund home energy efficiency, the Green Deal, was unlikely to improve homes fast enough to meet carbon targets. It was also unlikely to play a significant part in reducing fuel poverty, in fact due to the nature of the scheme could even make the problem worse and was unlikely to secure future energy security. Instead the workshop agreed we should engage with a programme of mass insulation of homes, initiated by the council.

Environment: Key Demands for the Council

1.       The main aim of Council energy policy should be through mass insulation across the borough.

2.       Islington Council should endorse the One Million Climate Jobs report produced by Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group.

3.       The council should implement a pilot scheme to insulate every property in an area, across all housing types. Training for the relevant skills should be provided in local colleges. The project should draw in community groups, unions and young people. It should employ local residents. The effects of the project on carbon emissions, health, and unemployment and fuel poverty should be measured.  (It was recognised that the Archway Low Carbon Zone went some way towards this area based approach but that the scheme suggested would be much more far reaching insulating every property in the area).

4.       Begin to engage in a coalition of groups to campaign on this issue

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Cuts, racism and homophobia: the fight for equality

The workshop discussed the way that the cuts will disproportionately affect those who are already disadvantaged.  It was argued that deep economic crisis and the proposed austerity measures will create a climate in which racism increases.  It was suggested that it is vital that anti-cuts activists and others understood the way that racism is integral to the narrative used to promote the cuts. The situation at Dale Farm, Essex with the proposed eviction of traveller Families is an example of this. The workshop agreed to support the Travellers defending their homes at Dale Farm. There was also concern about the activities of the far right in this climate. There was support for the establishment of an Islington Unite against Fascism group, and a group at London Met University.

Racism and Homophobia: Key Demands for the Council.

1.       To provide a detailed comparative breakdown of the Council budget for 2010-11 and 2011-12 in order to identify the impact on black, ethnic and minority groups in the borough both as service users and staff employed by council services.

Arts and Leisure: why the cuts are no fun

The workshop raised concerns that cuts in arts were seen as more palatable than other “priority services”. The workshop argued that all cuts including those on the arts have a damaging impact on the community and all cuts are unacceptable. Access to music, theatre, arts is a right not a privilege. Cuts will mean that access to the arts will become more difficult for those on low incomes.  The workshop suggested that art and culture can inform the anti-cuts movement. It was agreed that Ihoops would explore a monthly podcast in conjunction with 104.4 Residents FM to allow every campaign to be articulated across London. Ihoops would also explore an Islington anti-cuts X Factor to promote the talent the cuts have stopped funding.

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Conclusion

Many people feel this is a defining moment in which the outcome of the battles over the austerity measures being proposed and imposed will shape the kind society we live in for generations to come. The Welfare State, which the majority rely on is about to be dismantled.

Ihoops has been formed to ensure that the battle to defend our public services and welfare state is successful. We recognise that this will require the greatest possible unity in campaigning and the involvement of the largest number of organisations and people, from community groups to trade unions to the many individuals whose voices are often not heard.

We believe that the best way to do this is for the council to refuse to implement a budget which makes cuts. We recognise this is most effective as part of a mass mobilisation and mass public support. We call on the council to work with others including Ihoops, trade unions and local people in building such a campaign to defend an alternative budget and defeat the Coalition government’s cuts.  We recognise that there is disagreement between ourselves and the current position of the council on this issue. We will continue to campaign for and publicise a no cuts budget and work with others where we can to further this aim. We will also continue to campaign against all cuts in the borough.

We recognise the commitment of the council to a Fairness agenda as demonstrated through the Islington Fairness Commission. We also recognise that there are many opportunities to work with the council in opposing cuts and challenging the attack on the Welfare State. At the Assembly Councillor Catherine West specifically spoke about the campaign against Council Tax subsidy cuts and the importance of housing as a campaigning area. We want to ensure that we work together in such campaigns.  The current battle to defend public sector pensions must be one such opportunity to work together to support the proposed strike action and campaign for decent pensions for all.

We also hope that the demands that have arisen from the People’s Assembly are areas where we can campaign together to defend and improve services and the Welfare State.


Block the Bridge – Block the Bill

September 24, 2011

The government is just weeks away from destroying the NHS forever.

This is an emergency.

On Sunday October 9th, UK Uncut will be on Westminster Bridge to block the bill.

IHOOPS will be joining them.

On one side of Westminster Bridge is Parliament. On 7th September, MPs in the Commons voted for the end of the NHS as we know it. Yet the coalition’s Health and Social Care bill was not in the Lib Dem manifesto. It was not in the Tory manifesto. None of us voted for this.

On the opposite side of the bridge is St Thomas’ Hospital, one of Britain’s oldest medical institutions. If the bill passes, hospitals like St Thomas’ will be sold to private corporations, the staff put on private payrolls and beds given over to private patients. Despite the government’s lies, this bill represents the wholesale privatization of the NHS and, with it, the destruction of the dream of comprehensive healthcare provided equally to all.

On October 12th, the Lords have a chance to vote down the bill, and a huge Liberal Democrat rebellion is brewing. We have one last chance to save our NHS.

On Sunday 9th October, just three days before the Lords vote, join UK Uncut in a spectacular act of mass civil disobedience to block the bill. By blocking Westminster Bridge we symbolically block the bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals. Yes, it will be disruptive. Yes, it will stop the traffic. But this is an emergency and we have to shout as loud as we can.

Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge shortly before 1pm. When Big Ben strikes one, pick one of the tactics below and help block the bridge:

* Bring some fake blood and play dead
* Bring hospital radio to the bridge with some music and comedy
* Bring a nurse for a resuscitation skill-share
* Dress up in scrubs and perform an operation
* Enjoy a picnic overlooking Parliament
* Share stories about the the NHS
* Invite a friend from across the pond to describe the reality of a privatised healthcare system
* Invite older generations to describe a time before universal healthcare
* (if you’ve got other good ideas, email them to ukuncut@gmail.com)

Invite everyone you know to the Facebook event, and make sure you click ‘attending’ – the action will only go ahead if 1000 or more people plan to attend. We’ll be in close contact with St. Thomas’ before and during the protest to ensure access for emergency vehicles.

We will not let a coalition of millionaire politicians and private health lobbyists destroy our NHS.

Be on Westminster Bridge for 1pm on October 9th and together let’s block this bill from getting to our hospitals.

See you on the bridge.


An Invitation to attend the Islington People’s Assembly

September 8, 2011

Dear IHOOPS Supporter,

We would like to invite you to attend the Islington Peoples Assembly on Saturday Sept 17th, 12.30pm-5pm, at Caxton House, St John’s way, N19 3RQ.

We hope this is an opportunity for people to come together to discuss how to stop the government’s devastating cuts.

We have an excellent range of speakers, including: Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, NUT: Dr Brar, NHS surgeon and campaigner; and Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary, Unite Against Fascism.

We also want the Assembly to be an opportunity to discuss an alternative to cuts and austerity. The workshops will aim to produce an alternative sets of demands for Islington.

We hope the Assembly will bring together many different people who are affected by the cuts, are campaigning against them and have ideas about the alternative to them. We hope you are able to attend.

Timetable

12.30-13.00 – Opening and Keynote speakers (including Ellie O’Hagan from UK Uncut, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Costas Lapavitsas from SOAS)

13.00-13.45 – Debate, ‘How should we organise to defend our local services and jobs’ (with Council leader Catherine West and IHOOPS activist Suzanne Jeffery)

13.45-14.45 – Workshops:

– Education for All: schools, colleges and universities

– Decent Pensions for All: the Fight for Dignity in Old Age

– The Attack on the NHS and Mental Health Services: Keep the NHS Public

– Housing: How the Cuts are Breaking Up Communities

– Attacks on Disability Benefits and Services: How to Resist

– One Million Climate Jobs: Solving the Environmental and Economic Crises

– The Cuts, Racism and Homophobia: the Fight for Equality

– Arts and leisure: Why the Cuts are No Fun

14.45-15.15 – Break (refreshments will be available)

15.15-16.15 – Reports from workshops

16.15-17.00 – Build an Islington People’s Manifesto from the results of the workshops, and Closing Speakers (including John McDonnell MP and Dot Gibson from the National Pensioners Convention)

To register in advance email:  islingtonhoops@gmail.com

Find the event on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116578225107234


June Newsletter

June 6, 2011

J30 meeting: Building the Resistance
Monday 13th June, 7pm, Islington Town Hall

Speakers: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Alex Kenny NUT National Executive, Sean Vernell UCU National Executive. 30th June should see up to 800,000 strike against government attacks on pensions, jobs and pay. ATL, NUT, PCS and UCU will be organising co-ordinated national strike action. We would like to invite all anti-cuts campaigners in Islington to this meeting to discuss how we build 30th June as a day of resistance taking forward the fight back against government attacks.
Flyer: June 30th meeting flyer

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ATOS Protest
Tuesday 14th June, 5pm, Triton Square

ATOS Healthcare Recruitment Day Picket at. ATOS Origin, 4 Triton Square, Regents Place, NW1 Tube: Euston/Warren St. Buses: 73, 30.
Flyer: ATOS Protest IHOOPS & IDPAC flyer

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IHOOPS AGM
Tuesday 5th July, 7pm, Islington Town Hall

Please do attend! You are invited to make nominations for Officers, in person or by email, by 13th June 7pm.
Further details: IHOOPS AGM Notice

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Welfare Uncut!
Tuesday 7th June, 9am, the Royal Society

Welfare “reforms” don’t fool us! On 7th June, a conference at the Royal Society will bring together those who will play a role in “the biggest shake up of the [welfare] system for 60 years”. In the same week, the Welfare Reform Bill looks set to return to parliament for its third reading. We’re not fooled by the proposals for “reform”: we know they mean abolishing our rights to welfare. While the conference may include some speakers who challenge aspects of the government’s plans, its blurb reads like a DWP press release. Come along and protest. Be there from 9am, Tue 7th June, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. Directions: http://royalsociety.org/visit-us/

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Defend the Right to Protest Public Forum
Wednesday 8th June, 7pm, ULU (Malet Street)

WE WON’T LET FEAR RULE THE STREETS – IT’S RIGHT TO PROTEST
Speakers: MERLIN EMMANUEL – JUSTICE FOR SMILEY CULTURE, JODY MCINTYRE, ALFIE MEADOWS, TONY BENN, UK UNCUT, BRYAN SIMPSON (arrested for occupying Millbank), JOHN MCDONNELL MP, SARA TOMLINSON –NUT & Stop Kettling Our Kids, THE GUILLOTINE 3 (under suspicion for conspiracy to commit street theatre) http://www.defendtherighttoprotest.org fb group: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170090789719057

Last week in a totally outrageous decision, the Metropolitan police concluded that officers were “justified” in pulling Jody McIntyre from his wheelchair and “inadvertently” hitting him with a baton on the 9th December student fees demonstration. Next week Alfie Meadows, the philosophy student who suffered a brain haemorrhage after been hit on the head by a police officer at the same protest, will be in court on charges of violent disorder. Alfie nearly died as a result of his injuries. Please support us by coming to the public forum on 8th June and showing support outside the court hearings of Alfie Meadows and other protesters on 9th and 10th June.

THURS 9th JUNE (the day of Alfie Meadows hearing) DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ALFIE MEADOWS, JODY McINTYRE, SMILEY CULTURE- PUT POLICE VIOLENCE NOT PROTESTERS IN THE DOCK 9am, Westminster City Court, 70 Horseferry Road FRI 10th JUNE, 9am (the day of Bryan Simpson’s hearing) DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST BRYAN SIMPSON DEFEND STUDENTS RIGHT TO PROTEST 9AM, Westminster City Court, 70 Horseferry Road

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IHOOPS Stalls and schools leafleting!
Saturday 11th & 18th June, Nags Head and Angel, 12-1.30pm

We still need volunteers to help leaflet Schools to build for 30th June. This is one hour slots approx 3-4pm om weekdays in June. We also need help to support IHOOPS stalls on 11th or 18th June (and in the coming weeks) We will have stalls at Nags Head and Angel approx. 12-1.30pm Please let me know if you are available.

See you soon!
IHOOPS


Upcoming protests and meetings

May 8, 2011

9th May Islington Disabled People Against The Cuts Meeting
Attending: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Councillors Andy Hull and Janet Burgess speaking.
Contact Disability Action In Islington for more info: Tel: 020 7354 8925, Minicom: 020 7359 1891

11th May The Hardest Hit – Disability March, Lobby and Rally
Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are being hit hard by cuts to the benefits and services they need to live their lives. The Hardest Hit campaign, organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the UK Disabled People’s Council, brings together individuals and organisations to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts.

March, Lobby and Rally:
11.30 Assemble for March at Victoria Embankment between Horseguards Avenue and Bridge Street. Set off at 12.30 after speeches between 12-12.30.
13.30-17.30 Lobby in Westminster Hall and Central Methodist Hall.
Please Register on the website if you are attending.

12th May Defend the Whittington Hospital Public Meeting
7-9pm Archway Methodist Hall
What’s happening to the NHS? How can we kill the Bill? Why is the Whittington becoming a Foundation Trust hospital? Why might we have to pay for low priority treatments?
What can we do about the cuts in health, mental health and social care in
Islington?
Meeting chaired by Jeremy Corbyn. Speakers include Emily Thornberry MP (Shadow Minister for Health) and Jacky Davis, Consultant BMA Council.
defendwhittington@gmail.com

17th May Kill Lansley’s Bill – March to save the NHS
5.30-8.30 Assemble UCH main entrance in Gower Street
Lansley’s plans threaten to break up our health service and hand it to private healthcare companies. 50,000 NHS jobs are being cut and front line services are under threat. A huge public outcry has forced Cameron and Clegg to delay the Health & Social Care Bill. Now we need to pile on the pressure to make sure the Bill is dropped and to stop our NHS being destroyed