Save Our Local Services, Protect our Communities. Join UNISON on 6 December for SOS Day 2018!

Join UNISON activists across the country on Thursday 6 December for SOS Day! This year we will focus on roles that help to protect our communities, like trading standards, environmental health, social services and many other local heroes working behind the scenes and on the front line to keep us all safe. .

Councils are at breaking point yet council and school support staff are doing an amazing job in the face of drastic cuts. Local government funding cuts mean less funding is spent on prevention and enforcement. Staff shortages, long hours and high levels of stress take their toll and risk putting people and communities at risk.

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The issue

Council work often takes place behind the scenes and many people don’t realise how local services keep our communities, families and friends safe. Trading standards make sure Christmas toys are safe, environmental health officers monitor air quality, refuse collectors keep the rats at bay and social services protect the vulnerable. In schools, staff play a vital safeguarding role, helping protect our children. Many other countless jobs are hidden from view but are aimed at protecting us all.

Councils are at breaking point yet council and school support staff are doing an amazing job in the face of drastic cuts. But staff shortages, long hours and high levels of stress take their toll and risk putting people and communities at risk.

Local government funding cuts mean less funding is spent on prevention and enforcement. In times of hardship, even legitimate businesses can cut corners. Rogue landlords and traders fleece the public and consumers; we see poor housing, health inequalities and even increased animal cruelty or abandonment in our neighbourhoods.

Who suffers when services are cut? Everyone. But you can bet the most vulnerable people suffer the most.

Join UNISON on SOS Day (6 December) and help us to stand up for the jobs that keep us all safe.

Tell us your story

Do you work in a service that helps to keep communities safe? Tell us how cuts have affected your job and the service you work in:

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How have cuts affected you?

 

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