Press Release from Cumbernauld SSP / RISE 

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Local HMRC PCS Branch – Public Meeting 4th February 19:00PM

Our local branch members are actively involved in the fight against the draconian cuts enforced in our area by the local council, and through trade unions, pressure groups and of course our local RISE circle. The SSP / RISE will of course be fully involved in this campaign, and with this in mind have agreed to support the meeting by helping to advertise an upcoming meeting through our social media channels. Please read the below statement from the Cumbernauld HMRC PCS branch, which contains details of the meeting on Thursday the 4th February in the Link Community Centre at 19:00 PM.

“PCS Cumbernauld Revenue Branch has agreed to organise a public meeting to join up the campaign to defend jobs, services and the local community in the Cumbernauld area. This was agreed at the previous meeting held in the new town hall at the end of November as a result of the site closure announcement of the Cumbernauld tax office.

PCS branch believes with a loss of approximately 1,500 jobs at the tax office by 2019/20 allied to an annual cull of thousands of council jobs at North Lanarkshire Council that it is time to unite our community in opposition to these decisions which will impact on this area for years to come. Therefore it is our belief that our community whether through campaign groups, trades unions, third sector organisations, small businesses and the like need to unite and challenge the devastation that will follow. Cumbernauld Town Centre and surrounding areas will deteriorate further as disposable cash will reduce. Services to children, the elderly and the vulnerable will worsen as council budget cuts bite further. Charities, third sector organisations and advice centres will be placed under further pressure to assist with meagre resources. Everyone in this area will suffer as result of these political decisions. UK government plans to centralise HMRC jobs not only diminish the quality of service but potentially risk further tax evasion and avoidance. North Lanarkshire Council plans of £45 million cuts to be voted on in early February will lead to over 1,000 jobs lost and the subsequent suffering will follow with people forced to make difficult choices on how to survive. The rise in food banks in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth is a disgrace. Enough is enough in the view of the PCS Cumbernauld Revenue Branch. It is our responsibility to defend our members, their families and the people of Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire at large to challenge the predominate view that nothing can be done and this is inevitable. It is our view that this is the most important issue in Cumbernauld at this time and for the immediate future in what will happen to this community. We have witnessed the destruction of so many communities across the country over the past thirty years and do not wish this to happen here. Therefore the Public Meeting will be in the Link Community Centre, Room GP3 on Thursday 4th February at 7pm. Speakers will be from the PCS, UNISON and North Lanarkshire Fights Back group. We call on the local community to attend the meeting and join the start of this campaign to save our town and the surrounding areas.


John Miller, PCs Cumbernauld Branch Vice-President ”

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917


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