Letter: A nation of zero-hours

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I hope the 1,000-plus people who have given their names to a petition opposing cuts in Birstall’s public services such as the library, the open market, Birstall’s Children’s centre and Oakwell Hall have asked the three Tory councillors why they support a government that is cutting local authority budgets that are bringing about these possible closures.

If the Tories win next year’s General Election there is worse to come.

The Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn statement a further £30bn of extra cuts which will see even fewer nurses, doctors, teachers, police, defence staff, council workers and local services. The services that these Tory councillors claim to support will go. Napoleon once famously said that England was a nation of shopkeepers, this Government is turning our country into a nation of low paid, zero- hour’s nation of volunteers. Let’s stop them.

John Appleyard

Firthcliffe Parade


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