Day: 10 July 2016

People’s Alliance for Ludlow to be launched on Tuesday night, 12 July to fight Shropshire service cuts

On Tuesday evening, a new campaign will be launched. The People’s Alliance for Ludlow is being backed by a number of groups and many individuals around the town. Organisers of the alliance say: “The  sustainability of Ludlow, as a vibrant and resilient community, is seriously threatened by forthcoming cuts. The proposed creation of the people’s alliance for Ludlow will enable supporters of individual causes to come together and to fight for our common future. Join us.” The meeting will gauge interest for an alliance in the face of uncertainty about the future funding of Ludlow Library and Museum Resource Centre, South Shropshire Leisure Centre in Ludlow, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, youth services in the town and also health services and Ludlow Hospital.

On Tuesday evening, a new campaign will be launched. The People’s Alliance for Ludlow aims to take action over the current uncertainty on future funding of many Ludlow services. That uncertainty is a result of cuts to Shropshire Council budgets and its struggling attempts to persuade town and parish councils to take over services it is no longer prepared to run. Shropshire Council has backtracked on some plans to transfer services. But it has remained steadfast that many other services the unitary council was set up to run will be either transferred to local councils or scrapped altogether. Town and parish councils are not taking this lying down. In June, ten of them signed a memorandum of understanding setting out how they will deal with Shropshire Council over the transfers. The memorandum accuses Shropshire Council of financial mismanagement.

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