Cutting staff is scandalous

10th June 2005 at 01:00
Open letter to leaders of Leicester City Council In the light of the announcement by the chief executive to suspend the director of education and lifelong learning, we wish to express our opposition to plans to cut vital community services and staff as a result of the mismanagement of funds.

We believe it is scandalous that experienced staff and community centres crucial to the needs of communities could be discarded.

There are communities in Leicester where the average adult income is Pounds 5,000 a year. We believe it is immoral to make the public suffer as a result of the mistakes of well-paid servants of the public. We call on the council leadership to sit down with communities, faith groups, and unions to discuss the solution. New council officers should be appointed to deal with this issue.

Matt Follett on behalf of Highfields Community Association, Natfhe and others

co Highfields Youth and Community Centre

96 Melbourne Road, Leicester

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