SOS 999 Campaign

Lewisham East Labour Canvassing to save Londons Emergency Services

Lewisham East Labours SOS 999 campaign

I’m proud to say that I ran the Lewisham East Labours Arm of the day of action saving our Emergency Services in London.

Here’s the facts and figures of what we’re campaigning against:

In London overall

  • The safety and security of Londoners is at risk as a result of cuts to emergency services being pushed through by the Conservatives in the key vital services – the police, fire brigade, ambulance service and A&Es.
  • The cuts are going too far and too fast. The millions of pounds being taken from the budgets of the NHS, the Met police and the London Fire Service will inevitably endanger families and communities across the capital.
  • We are challenging the Mayor to stick by his election pledges and stand up for Londoners against the cuts being imposed by the Conservative-led government.

 

Police

  • The Met’s budget has been cut by 20%, or £540m, by 2015. This is above the 12% savings identified by HMIC and supported by Labour. This means the Mayor has got to cut an additional £230m from the Met – the equivalent of 4,200 police officers.
  • Since May 2010 the Metropolitan Police has lost 1,444 police officers and 1,960 PCSOs. Police stations across London are also under threat of closure. The mayor is failing to stick to his election pledges on finding suitable alternatives.
  • While overall reported crime is down, certain types of reported violent crime are rising – GBH up (70.15%), Rape (75.11%), Robbery (5%) and Burglary (2.41%) between 2007/8 and 2010/11.

NHS Services

  • The London Ambulance Service has received cuts of 19% or £53m, up to 560 front line staff are at risk of losing their jobs.
  • Across London seven (out of 32) A&E departments are facing closure, by 2020.This will mean the remaining 24 will have to cover an extra 120,000 residents each.
  • A&E waiting times are at their highest since 2004/5 and satisfaction with the NHS is plummeting.

Fire Brigade

  • The fire brigade is facing cuts of £64.8m over the next 2 years – a quarter of its budget.
  • So far £14m of back-office savings have been identified, leaving £50.8m of cuts to be made.
  • Up to 30 fire stations, 30 fire engines and 840 firefighters are at risk of being axed with implications for the safety of Londoners.
  • The Mayor and the Tory chair of the Fire Authority are not being upfront with Londoners and are refusing to publish details of what exactly will be cut.
  • 17 stations have been listed as being at risk of closure as part of a ‘preferred option’. This includes: Acton, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Peckham, Silvertown, Westminster, Whitechapel. and Woolwich.The only stations the Chair of the Fire Authority has said are ‘safe’ from this round of cuts are Barking, Battersea, Croydon, Dagenham, Dockhead, East Ham, Edmonton, Hammersmith, Harold Hill, Harrow, Heston, Holloway, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Leytonstone, Millwall, Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Paddington, Plaistow, Purley, Shadwell, Stratford, Walthamstow, Wembley, West Norwood. This means all other fire stations are at risk
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