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Letter to the Prime Minister

November 13, 2015

Dear Prime Minister

In 2012 I wrote to you about the scale of the unfair and disproportionate government cuts imposed on Newcastle City Council, and their very damaging impact on our city and its communities. I enclose a copy of the letter for your reference (I haven’t yet received a reply).

Since 2011 Newcastle City Council has faced cuts of £191m, and as a result we have already had to take some extremely difficult and distressing decisions to close libraries, leisure facilities and older peoples’ day centres, reducing street cleaning and environmental maintenance, and scaling back support for the most vulnerable including Sure Start and Early Years provision. 2,200 council employees have already lost their jobs in Newcastle as a result of government cuts, and we are faced with the prospect of a further £100m of cuts in the next 3 years, which can only be met through significant further reductions in local services including adult and children’s social care.

I note your recent offer of to the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council of a meeting with the No 10 Policy Unit to discuss such matters, as your local council is now being affected by the same challenges that we have had to deal with over the last 4 years. I would welcome the opportunity to tell you about what they mean to Newcastle and local government more generally. I hope to have this conversation before the Comprehensive Spending Review is announced, so that you can change track and avoid yet more damaging cuts to vital public services.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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