Author Archives: Cheltenham Against Cuts

Victory for fee-free cash machines campaign at University of Gloucestershire

The recently established Socialist Students at the University of Gloucestershire are celebrating their first victory in their ‘Students Before Profits’ campaign. The campaign aims to combat the influence of corporations on the university and improve the university facilities for students. Although there are cash machines on every campus, they charge £1.25 for each transaction, shoppers […]

Why NHS workers will be on strike on Monday 13th October

Midwives will walk out over a pay protest for the first time in Gloucestershire after voting to join thousands of other health workers in strike action. More than 80 per cent of midwives voted in favour of strike action, with 94.6 per cent also agreeing to take part in protest action. The yes vote follows […]

JOIN US AT THE ANTI-AUSTERITY STREET CAFÉ, Outside RoastaCoffee in Coronation Square, on Saturday 11th October – 3.30- 4.30 pm

Free coffee and cake – We have an indoor venue if it rains. What do you think can be done to make life better for communities like Hesters Way and Springbank? With wages failing to keep up with prices – and uncertainty created by zero hours contracts – the government`s claim we`re in a recovery […]

Real foodbanks, fake shops, and the fake recovery in Cheltenham

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 […]

The right-wing Tory behind Oxford food bank who thinks the welfare state is “obese”!

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 […]

Report on demonstration against ATOS in Gloucester

 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 […]

THE QUESTIONS NHS BOSSES MUST ANSWER ABOUT DISTRICT NURSES CHANGES

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 […]