Libraries across Northern Ireland are facing another round of swingeing cuts.
Today’s decision of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Board to close the accident and emergency unit at Belfast City Hospital has been condemned by campaigners and labelled an “act of social vandalism which will cost lives”.
The vicious cuts to housing benefits currently being introduced by the Tory/Lib Dem government is a direct attack on the unemployed, the disabled and part-time workers. The cuts will mean a couple on housing benefits that are now entitled to 100% of the average cost renting a two bedroom house in an area will now only be entitled to receive 60% of rent costs.
The real effects of these cuts can be seen with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service cutting 70,000 hours from front line cover. This will affect people across the North, but will particularly hit those in rural areas that have suffered from years of cuts backs including the closure of several hospitals.
As a 16 year old male currently seeking work, I know first hand how difficult it is to find a job for young people. Any sort of jobs are few and far between. But on the rare occasion that I find a job suitable to apply for, I see that several years of previous experience are needed. How can anyone get a first job if all employers are seeking experienced workers?
Peter Hadden, Socialist Party, speaking at solidarity meeting in support of Linamar Unite convenor Rob Williams in Belfast 26th May 2009
Peter Mandelson’s plans to sell off 30% of Royal Mail and allow for up to 49.9% to be privatised, are facing mass opposition. A recent poll carried out by the Communication Workers Union shows 75% of the public oppose privatisation.