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Brighton Journal | September 22, 2019

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Demonstration in Brighton to unite communities against cuts to public services

Youth Services Protest
Hannah Midgley

A demonstration will be held at the Level in Brighton on Saturday to rally residents of the community against local and national cuts to public services.


The protest, entitled ‘It’s a Matter of Life and Death’, is led by Sussex Defend the NHS and Brighton and Hove Trades Council, including support from 24 major trade unions, political parties, community organisations and campaigns across the city.


The march will be a solidarity protest about the effects on public services, the NHS, schools, adult and children’s care services and welfare provision.


Madeline Dickens, a spokesperson for Sussex Defend the NHS, said:  “[The government] are shamefully depriving the most vulnerable in our society – people with disabilities, elderly people, families below the poverty line, the rapidly growing number of homeless of their most basic rights.”


These are some of the services Sussex Defend the NHS are fighting for, including £50 million in NHS cuts from this region, £14 million from Brighton and Hove alone. 


They also seek to spread awareness of the growing number of people who are homeless, which has doubled since 2010.


Ms Dickens outlined how the real issue exists on a national scale, and the impact is trickling down to local authority governments. “There are many reports highlighting decreasing life-expectancy and escalating deaths resulting from so many years of austerity – only a change of government will stop this terrible train of events.”


Speakers set to begin the demonstration at the Level include Caroline Lucas MP, Sue Beatty Secretary of Brighton and Hove UNISON, and Tom Hickey from UCU.


The march will conclude at Regency Square with more speeches at 1.30pm, including GMB Secretary Southern Region, Paul Maloney, Dr Louise Irvine GP and co-chair of Health Campaigns Together, and Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé from the NHS BME Network.


Marchers are asked to wear something black for the day of the demonstrations. There will be a one-minute silence at the clock tower in memory of all those who have lost their lives due to austerity.


The demonstration on Saturday 13th October will start at 11.30am at the Level and finish at Regency Square later that day.

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