North West London branch will attend this national demonstration for sheltered housing on Wednesday 22 July. It assembles from 12.30 at Parliament Square. Can anyone help to steward?! Come at 12 if you can steward. A delegation will hand in a letter to 10 Downing Street.
The demonstration has been initiated by sheltered housing residents living in the London Borough of Barnet, who were active in the campaign to save the wardens here. A national organisation, SHUK, has come on board as well. We expect numbers to be boosted by an appearance on GMTV on Wednesday morning! The warden cuts debate is going national - finally!
And if you are thinking a weekday lunchtime is a strange time to hold a national demonstration, it is a wonder that there is a demonstration at all. National unions whose jobs have been lost - Unison, GMB - have not organised a demonstration; national campaigning bodies, such as Age Concern and Help the Aged (engaged in merger talks), have not organised one; and the Labour Party, naturally, has not organised one, since it is its own government that has, in a roundabout way, given the green light to cuts in sheltered housing. They removed the ringfencing from sheltered housing budgets, allowing councils to raid the funds to pay for other services or - as in Barnet - make budget cuts.
We will see more of this DIY campaigning if national organisations do not pull their finger out, more pure rebelliousness as working class people fight to defend the services they rely on.