Friday, 29 March 2019

Local Service Champions: Share my story


Moments of truth

Your public services are at breaking point. Hear from the people who provide them – and their personal, and often frank stories of the tremendous pressures they face.

Hear their voices. Share their stories. Take a stand for your public services. #momentsoftruth




Key facts

  • The NHS is suffering the deepest financial squeeze in its 70 year history, with the decade 2010-2020 set to be its most austere ever
  • At least 12,000 NHS beds have been lost since 2010
  • Local government budgets have been slashed by nearly 50%, making it increasingly difficult for councils to properly fund street cleaning, libraries, leisure centres and community safety
  • Approximately 1,000 Sure Start centres have closed since 2009
  • Because of inadequate funding, nearly 80% of workers providing care to elderly people in their homes report having no option but to rush their work or leave clients early to get to their next call
  • The number of police community support officers has been cut by more than 30%, at the same time as violent crime and sex offences have been rising
  • The number of teaching assistants in secondary schools has been cut by 8%
  • Close to one million jobs have been cut across public services, with more than half of those who are left reporting that they now have to undertake unpaid overtime to keep services going
  • 80% of NHS staff have raised concerns about there not being enough staff on duty to give patients the high-quality care they want to




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