Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance Meeting

6.30pm Thursday 16th January 2014                                                                                            Augustine Church, George IV Bridge                                                                                                The second meeting of the newly reformed EACA will be looking at building a demonstation against cuts to the City of Edinburgh Council’s budget and services.
All welcome.
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Lothian Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation response to Edinburgh Council on DHPs

On the 1st October Lothian Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation presented Edinburgh Council with a list of improvements they should make to their Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme. This week the Council responded, failing to agree to the majority of the requests. Read on for the Federation’s response. (DHPs are the money made available to effectively pay the bedroom tax for those that can’t afford it). Continue reading

Edinburgh East Save Our Services Meeting

6.30pm Tuesday 5th November 2013                                                                              Northfield Community Centre, Northfield Road EH8 7PP. Meeting for those living in the East of the City to organise against public sector cuts, privatisation and welfare reform. Tonight we will be planning the public meeting on the Council budget for 2014/15. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Fight to save the Engine Shed set for victory

Rumours are beginning to emerge from deep within Edinburgh Council that a change of approach to supported employment in Edinburgh will be announced in September.   After much discussion and a lot of campaigning, councillors from Edinburgh seem to be proposing a Status Quo approach for the next year.  During that time, careful thought will be given to how new developments can be married with the existing structure of services to ensure that people continue to get support.  Serious attention is likely to be given to whether competitive tendering is an appropriate way to manage supported employment services and a more constructive approach will be looked at.  Continue reading

Under threat Engine Shed raises money for Special Olympics

SUPPORTERS of the under-threat Engine Shed have taken part in a sponsored walk to help raise awareness of their funding crisis. Around 50 walkers took part in the event, which saw participants of all ages walking from The Engine Shed on St Leonards Street, through Holyrood Park to St Margaret’s Loch. The walk raised more than £1000 for the Lothian Special Olympics, which provides sporting opportunities for people with learning 
disabilities. Organisers also hoped the event would raise further awareness of the funding crisis being faced by The Engine Shed, which provides training and support for young people with learning disabilities, some of whom will be taking part in the Lothian Special 
Olympics.

Click here to read full article from the Edinburgh Evening News.

Anti bedroom tax groups demand justice for Margaret

Edinburgh Council tenant Margaret has been denied an exemption for bedroom tax by City of Edinburgh Council despite being clearly entitled – she has overnight carers stay every night.  She wrote to the CEC as early as February applying for an exemption.  Instead of granting the exemption the Council have been phoning her up threatening she could be evicted if she didn’t pay her rent.  This is clearly against the Council policy of no evictions for bedroom tax arrears.  The stress of this situation has now led to Margaret giving up her tenancy, as she was becoming very ill.

Muirhouse and Pilton anti bedroom tax groups called for people to attend Councillor Cammy Day’s surgery at Muirhouse Library on 17 June to support Margaret and other tenants with bedroom tax problems.   Around 20 people turned up at short notice, an excellent show of solidarity.  Continue reading

Save The Engine Shed

A renowned training scheme which has transformed the lives of young people with learning disabilities is being threatened with closure. The Engine Shed, a social enterprise business which has been running for nearly 25 years, is set to lose its vital £211,200 annual funding from Edinburgh City Council.                                 The move has sparked an outcry from parents who say that working for the charity – which runs a bakery and popular cafe in St Leonards – has been a life-changing experience for their children. The institution offers three years’ training to 30 vulnerable young adults at a time, equipping them with skills and confidence to find a mainstream job.                                                                                      But a shake-up of employment training for the disabled by the city council means it faces being stripped of its 
funding.

Click here to read the full article from the Edinburgh Evening News. Click here to sign the petition to save the Engine Shed.

Save Social Care! – Petition

George Osborne: Save social care! Let me and all disabled people live with freedom and dignity.            Petition by Angela Murray (Click here to sign)

I’m a 28 year old woman but if they take away my social care it’ll be the end of my life. I’m disabled but I want to enjoy life the way any other young woman can. Thanks to social care I have two volunteer jobs, I can go shopping, see my friends.

But because of the cuts they’re threatening to take this support away Continue reading

Edinburgh TUC Anti-Cuts Newsletter – Feb 2013

Featuring;

  • Cost control contributes to hundreds of deaths in Staffordshire
  • The growth in demand for food banks
  • Council leader Andrew Burns questioned at East Edinburgh public meeting

Click here to download Edinburgh TUC’s monthly anti-cuts newsletter.