AN ACTION group held its first meeting to rally public support against the cuts to local services.
The open forum brought together representatives from union groups, services and councillors to discuss the country’s financial restraints and the impact it will have on the town.
Bassetlaw Protect our People and Services chair Ann Donlan organised the meeting because she felt not many people were aware of the severity of the cuts.
She said: “This discussion will be a positive step forward for the shape of our community.”
“The attacks on our services threaten to dismantle our whole community and we feel very strongly that the wrong people are paying for this crisis.”
Campaign groups Save our Care Homes, fronted by John Hunt, and Save Our Services, fronted by Adele Mumby, also addressed the audience at The Crossing, on Newcastle Street.
Jon Leighton, floating support service manager for homeless charity Framework, said: “I feel like those who are most vulnerable are paying the costs for the crisis we are in.”
“We are seeing an increase in costs for everyday living, while people are having their salaries reduced all the time.”
Service user John Murrell was put in touch with Framework when it became clear he could lose his home: “I suffered from depression and got on the tablets.”
“It’s so unreal, when you realise you’re going to lose your home, but thankfully they all helped me out. If this goes, who is going to look after people like me?”
Framework receive money through the Supporting People programme, which is currently under consultation until Monday.
Notts County Council’s deputy cabinet member for adult social care and health, coun Stuart Wallace, said: “Supporting vulnerable people in the county is one of our priorities and we are ensuring that the Supporting People programme continues to help achieve this aim with the reduced funding available.”