Are you as worried as I am, about all the proposed cuts to local public services?
On 4th May, if Bridgnorth votes again for the same 4 Conservative councillors who currently represent us on Shropshire Council, then you should know what they’ve got planned for the next 4 years....
- £66 Million of budget cuts between 2017-2019
- Allowing 2,000 NHS staff to be made redundant across Shropshire
- Allowing the downgrading of our Maternity Unit and nearest A&E
- Further reduction to local bus routes to rural villages
- 50% reduction in youth services, followed by complete closure by 2019
- Drastic cuts to our schools’ budgets:
- St. Leonards Primary School cut by 11%- £154,237 until 2019 (-£510 per pupil, average of 4 teachers lost per year)
- St. John’s Catholic Primary School cut by 10% -£79,881 (-£388 per pupil, 2 teachers)
- St. Mary’s Bluecoat Primary School, cut by 11%, -£52, 289 until 2019, (-£393 per pupil) lose 1 teacher per year.
- Bridgnorth Endowed Secondary School, cut by 12%, - £452,338 (-£676 per pupil) and lose 13 teachers
I would like to offer you a choice
You have a new candidate this year – Dr. Julia Buckley, a local mum of 2 with children at St. Leonards School, who works at Wolverhampton Council, bringing in funding to modernise and prioritise services for the most vulnerable.
If you are ready for a change, then give me a chance.
If you elect me in the local elections on 4th May, I will:
- Use full Council powers of scrutiny to oppose all cuts to NHS services and ensure maximum public consultation.
- Specifically oppose the proposals to downgrade our Midwife Lead Maternity Unit, and the A&E at Telford hospital
- Seek transparency on all budget cuts, and propose “options analyses” to explore all other avenues for funding or modernisation before considering any service cuts
- Fight for a fairer methodology to calculate funding for our schools
- Listen to the public when they overwhelmingly reject planning proposals from developers, unwanted in this town
- Defend our library from any further cuts in opening hours
- Seek funding to support our young people with meaningful activities
Julia's been campaigning to save our local Maternity Unit from being closed with a High Street campaign, collecting signatures for both the Labour NHS campaign and Bobbie Brown's Save Bridgnorth Maternity Unit campaign.
You can follow Julia on Facebook at fb.com/juliabuckleyforbridgnorthcouncil/