12th November 2015
Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
Dear David Cameron,
Thank you for bringing national attention to the impact of proposed cuts in Oxfordshire.
We too are ‘disappointed about suggested cuts to frontline services’, and welcome your recognition that the proposal to close Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres is ‘unwelcome and counterproductive’.
Counterproductive is a good word – we would use the word ‘false economy’, because we know it’s important to balance the books. We, like you, are concerned that cutting essential services, such as day care for the elderly and children’s centres, will cost us more money in the long run. Providing only statutory levels of care is insufficient and short-sighted. Problems left to escalate will become more complex and entrenched, and therefore expensive.
However, we are concerned that the financial arguments ignore the costs in terms of damaged lives. Ian Hudspeth has said that what people most want is for him to balance his budget.
What we have found is that, overwhelmingly, the people of Oxfordshire want their frontline services and support for families protected. These cuts are financially and morally wrong.
We welcome your efforts to help protect these services, however perhaps like us you are rapidly losing confidence in government. Please on Saturday, Bonn Square, Oxford 1pm. We will be marching to stand up and say a clear NO TO THE CUTS. The march promises to be a brilliant one and has been gathering great pace on social media. People will be marching together from children’s centres across the county. We hope to have “a baby blockade” in central Oxford and surprise events for baby-wearing Mums and Dads.
Our campaign urges parents, children, grandparents and supporters from across the county to keep up the pressure.
Please bring music, placards, banners, to our demonstration “Invest in Our Future – Make Your Voices Heard!” Saturday 14th November, Assemble 1pm Bonn Square Oxford to march to the Clarendon Building on Broad St.
Yours in solidarity
The Campaign Team
Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres Campaign