We have a draft template of a letter ref Connecting Communities, for you to download (Word format), edit and send on to your MP.
For those who don’t do Microsoft, the text is below….
Coventry City UNISON
Dear X MP
I am writing to you regarding the Connecting Communities programme that Coventry City Council has put out to consultation.
As one of your constituents I have great concerns about what is being proposed and believe that it is going to have a very negative impact on our city.
Connecting Communities will hit libraries, children’s centres, youth services and nursery provision. There is a real danger that the universal offer of public services and access will be determined by where you happen to live. It is hard to see how the proposals actually play a role in ‘Connecting’ our communities.
I also am very worried about the Council intending to sack paid staff and replace them with volunteers (for example in the library service). We are not aware of any examples of where this has worked for the benefit of the staff and also the local community who use these services?
Coventry needs public services that are accessible and accountable, particularly in times of austerity and it is surely the wrong choice to make these cuts. I understand that the funding from central government has reduced since 2010, however at the same time the Council has increased its reserves.
As our MP I would urge you to defend public services in our city – and would ask what are you doing to defend these vital services and to win more funding from central government for Coventry?
I believe the council should abandon these proposals, use its considerable financial reserves to continue to support these services and actively campaign with the citizens of Coventry to demand full funding of these public services from central government
If ‘Connecting Communities’ continues then it will be to the detriment of the city. I look forward to hearing back from you on this matter.