Last year the BBC reported that the number of people using the foodbank in Cheltenham had quadrupled at a time when foodbank use in Gloucestershire as a whole doubled. The BBC quoted a survey by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest foodbank network, which compared the number of people accessing food banks between 1 April […]

Robin Aitken, co-founder of the Oxford food bank, has featured prominently in the debate which has raged in recent months over the reasons for the dramatic rise in people using food banks. Aitken claims that there is no reliable evidence connecting austerity and the increase in food bank use. His views have appeared in the […]

 Activists from Cheltenham & Gloucester Against Cuts joined the demonstration outside Gloucester`s Jobcentre Plus building (Cedar House in Spa Road) on Wednesday to show our disgust at the way disabled people have been treated by private sector involvement in a system which is supposed to protect those who are unable to work. This was just […]

Summary:  Stroud Against the Cuts have written to Gloucestershire Care Services raising serious concerns about proposals to change the way District Nurses work in the county. Staff have told Stroud Against the Cuts they are deeply worried about the changes, which may mean District Nurses working in isolation from each other and their colleagues, jeopardising […]

Coach from Gloucester and Stroud to the demonstration at the Tory conference in Manchester on September 29th Unite has organised a coach picking up in Gloucester and Stroud – Free to all union members & families – other campaigners please apply. Departs at 8.30am Bus station, Merrywalks, Stroud Departs at 9.00am 1 Pullman Court, Great […]

The government plans to privatise 70% of the Probation Service’s work to private companies such as G4S, Serco and Sodexo. This will include the supervision of medium risk offenders. Supervising offenders in the community is a highly skilled job and medium risk offenders are predominantly men convicted of violence, sexual offences, burglary, robbery and domestic […]

It will come as no surprise to campaigners that four leading charities – Parkinson’s UK, MS Society, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust – have reported to the BBC that thousands of people with progressive conditions are being told they could recover enough to look for work following assessment for Employment Support […]

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