Cambridgeshire crime commissioner candidates call for pause on cuts

Candidates to be Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s next police and crime commissioner (PCC) are unanimously calling on the force to shelve its planned cuts until after May’s elections. Plans to halve the number of police community support officers (PCSOs), disband the community safety officer team and close all but two enquiry offices were announced in September. […]

Cuts to grass cutting will leave Ipswich looking scruffy, warns UNISON

Planned cuts at the parks department will leave Ipswich unkempt and untidy, UNISON warns today. Ipswich Borough Council wants to chop a fifth of the workforce in the parks department, leaving grass verges unmown and parks unmaintained, says UNISON. It comes despite the public’s increasing reliance on parks and other outdoor spaces for exercise and […]

Don’t tell the public Ipswich is closed for business

Closing Ipswich’s Tourist Information Centre would send the message that the town is “closed for business,” UNISON warns today. Ipswich Borough Council’s executive will consider a report tomorrow, giving the chief operating officer permission to close the centre, and lay off six workers, after a consultation. The Council is facing a £10m deficit because of […]

Cuts threaten to close vital NHS service preventing unnecessary hospital stays

Cambridgeshire health chiefs are threatening to shut down a vital service preventing thousands of over-65s going to hospital unnecessarily, UNISON warns today. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for planning and commissioning local NHS services, is planning £33 million of cuts next year to plug part of its £192m government funding deficit. […]