Rallying call to have say on planned cuts

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Lancashire residents are being encouraged to make their voices heard in a campaign against cuts to public services and policing.

Public services union Unison launched a campaign on Saturday to raise awareness of the proposed cuts and the impact they could have.

Unison members launched the campaign at the Flag Market

Unison members launched the campaign at the Flag Market

They wanted to highlight the changes proposed for libraries, transport to day care centres, jointly-funded police and community support officers (PCSOs) and other areas.

Unison members handed out leaflets at the Flag Market in Preston, where they had a bus and large Unison balloons.

They encouraged people to take part in Lancashire County Council’s online consultation or contact councillors and MPs via www.writetothem.com to have their say.

They were joined by Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

“It’s a public awareness campaign to explain the extent of the cuts to our communities - that’s every community across the whole of Lancashire. It affects people from the cradle to the grave.”

Elaine Cotterell

Dozens of people gathered on the Flag Market to hear speeches.

Elaine Cotterell, Lancashire branch secretary, said: “It’s a public awareness campaign to explain the extent of the cuts to our communities - that’s every community across the whole of Lancashire. It affects people from the cradle to the grave.”

Maureen Le Marinel, Unison’s Lancashire Police branch secretary, said: “The cuts to policing and council services will have a massive impact on our ability to keep communities safe.”

Mr Grunshaw said: “Cuts have consequences. They do have the consequences that the Government don’t seem to have thought through. They don’t seem to have realised the impact they have, certainly in places like Lancashire.”

Police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw was one of the speakers

Police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw was one of the speakers

He joined those urging people to give their views, saying: “We need your support - we can’t do it alone.”

Unison is holding further events across the county in coming weeks, including in Lancaster city centre on Saturday, January 23.