Activist network of workers, students, retired and claimants in and around Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The network was launched out of the bottom up protests of the students, which others were keen to support and now campaigns against cuts.

We meet every fortnight at organise specifically to oppose cuts to services, jobs and communities.

We aim to coordinate with other local campaigns including campaigns to save Libraries; Youth services; Play services; Pools & Leisure centres; City Hall; Sure Start services etc.

Friday 10 June 2011

THOUSANDS of jobs will be lost on Tyneside as a result of Government cuts, a secret report has revealed.

Experts at jobs agency One North East have released a damning dossier setting out how £2bn will be taken from the region by 2015.

The cuts will see a predicted 50,000 people lose their jobs.

Some 20,000 of these will come from private businesses, with the rest coming from councils, hospitals, police forces and Government offices.

Newcastle city council is cutting over £50 million pounds and 600 jobs are going at the council this includes:
- £2 million cut from adult care services (2 day centres closed)
- Many libraries being made unstaffed and library charges increasing
- Connections service reduced by 50%
- Cuts in children services and Sure Start of 15%
- cuts to youth services Including axing new Youth Centre - MyPlace
- Every team or dept facing massive staff cuts in next 12 months
- Ran out of money to refurbished west end flats so knocked them down

Gateshead council facing massive cuts including:
- Sure Start nurseries all planned to close

School building programmes
- Darlington Programme scrapped
- Gateshead programme scrapped
- Northumberland Programme scrapped
- all this will leave hundreds of schools in terrible disrepair and thousands of construction workers put out of work
- Privatisation of schools / academies across the region will pull millions of pounds out of local authorities cutting services especially in special needs and family support and schools can become selective, others will be forced to close

- NHS walk in centre in Newcastle closed (had 20,000 patients visit last year!)
- Blood donor centre proposed privatisation and threatned with closure
- Heart unit threatened with closure
- NHS threatened with wholesale privatisation
- South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust forecasts a net staffing reduction of 119 full-time equivalent posts from 2010-14.
- County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust anticipates cutting 700 staff posts between 2011 and 2014
- Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is reducing its workforce by the equivalent of around 331 full-time staff between 2010 and 2013, which is 10.8 percent of staff
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which focuses on mental health, plans to cut its workforce by the equivalent of 405 full-time staff between 2010 and 2012. Much of the reduction is due to the transfer of the Trust’s social and residential homes to new providers

- East Coast trains to axe 200 call centre jobs in Newcastle and relocate abroad
- Metro trains have been sold off

Private sector
- thousands of jobs already cut
- AEI in Birtley just sacked it's entire workforce with no notice or redundancy pay

Further Education college jobs

Job losses:

Bishop Auckland College - 95
South Tyneside College - 62
Newcastle College - 171 or 500 staff forced to leave or take massive pay cuts
East Durham College - 76
City of Sunderland College - 69
Tyne Met College - 66
Stockton Riverside College - 23


Darlington Arts Centre and Civic Theatre will be closed if Council plans to cut support from £1.2million to £zero go ahead. Darlington for Culture is a newly formed organisation proposing a Community Interest Company to take over running the Arts Centre on a much reduced budget. Darlington Borough Council may have to cut as much as £22m from a £107m total.

Support for students

FE and school students
The cuts to EMA mean poorer students will loose hundreds of pounds in support
Closure to many courses will mean choices and fees will also increase
ESOL courses are threatened with massive cuts or closure

University students
All of the regions universities are proposing annual fees of between £8500- £9000 up from £3000! Students starting a 3 year degree 2012 with have an additional debt of £27,000 just for fees, this is on top of student loans to cover living costs. Its estimated a three year degree would cost you £50,000


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