Sign the letter below and add your name to the growing discontent.
In a letter to Sajid Javid, economic secretary to the treasury, fourteen “leaders from the voluntary sector” have told the government that the sector “stands ready” to implement government plans to privatise public services, cut benefits and entitlements and encourage volunteering as a substitute for statutory services.
Anger is growing, both at the sentiments expressed by this letter and the outrageous assumption that they have the authority to speak for us all.
Today an open letter was sent to all 14 and to the media signed by 28 academics, activists and service providing voluntary agencies.
Below is the full text of our response. You can add your signature to our open letter below and you will be sent a confirmation email.
Not in our name!
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Richard Anderson, Co-Chair of Wandsworth Against Cuts; Adrian Barritt, National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA); Michael Bell, Project Manger, Patchwork Project, Newcastle Upon Tyne; Sandy Bennett & John Stevens, Co-Chairs & Janice Marks, Head of Agency, Federation for Community Development Learning (FCDL); Linda Burnip, Disabled People Against the Cuts; Gaynor Clarke, Project Manager,Scotswood Area Strategy, Newcastle Upon Tyne; Professor John Diamond; Dr Simon Duffy, The Centre for Welfare Reform; Paul Feldman, author Unmasking the State & communications editor, A World To Win; Val Harris (Chair) Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB); Vera Martins, CEO,42nd St, Manchester; John McArdle Co-Founder, Black Triangle Campaign; Denise McDowell, Director Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit; National Community Activists Network (NatCAN) Admin Team; Lesley Pollard, Chilypep; John Page, secretaryHackney Unites; Steven Rose, Chair English Steering Group, Campaign for a Fair Society & Chief Executive Choice Support; Sarah Sherif, Muslim Community Helpline;Stroud Against the Cuts; Dr. Henry Tam, Director, Forum for Youth Participation & Democracy, University of Cambridge; Tony Taylor, Co-ordinator, In Defence of Youth Work Campaign; Joy Warmington CEO, BRAP; Dexter Whitfield, Director, European Services Strategy Unit; Maurice Wren, Director Asylum Aid.
111 John Barugh 110 gary clements 109 Jenny Hambidge 108 Mike Aiken Researcher 107 Alisdair Cameron Launchpad 106 Lis Pritchard 105 Ian Franzen Lowton Youth & Community Centre 104 Gillian Dalley 103 Nazreen A. Subhan 102 Jane Melvin University of Brighton 101 Peter Durrant humberstone networkers... 100 Cally Harris Anonymous International 99 Chris Todd 98 Sue Bolton Carer 97 David Stephens Disabled Peoples Partnership (Wakefield District) 96 Christine Bergin 95 Daniel Buckley Bankers Association 94 Iana Chambers Training for Work in Communities 93 KenyaSue Smart iletoCPN 92 Dr. Carol Packham 91 Steven Dowd 90 Ron Heywood 89 Leah Levane 88 Colin Rochester Birkbeck, University of London 87 Clintom Mckoy Black Palm 86 John Hamilton Lewisham People Before Profit 85 Tom Beattie 84 Bernard Davies Consultant/activist 83 Margaret Willett 82 Richard Livingstone 81 David Shaw 80 Richard Clark 79 Colin Wilson Ladders of Life Adult ADHD / Aspergers 78 michelle brown 77 mary white none 76 stuart cox 75 sian healey 74 kate thomson none 73 Michael Lee 72 Celia Lawton-Livingstone 71 Judith Pettigrew 70 Alex Watson Cares 69 IAN JOHNSTON 68 Denis Lenihan Hackney Unites 67 Dave Rogers Banner Theatre Company 66 Irene Ferguson 65 John Farrar 64 Dennett Roy 63 Alicia Wood Housing & Support Alliance 62 cathy wintersgill 61 Alex Kashko --- 60 Jeremy S Mills Equality North West 59 richard downes brent advocacy concerns 58 Walt Crowson LSEN Manchester 57 chris walsh wise owls 56 Rehana Malik 55 John Dalrymple Neighbourhood Networks 54 Richard Farnos Convenor of Queers Against the Cuts 53 Mike Higgins Disabled People's Direct Action Network and linda Laurie Associates 52 Beatrice Claire Gahagan Age Uk Brighton and Hove 51 Helen Nicholas 50 Aisha Lowry carer 49 Mark Dale Basildon Disability Equality Forum 48 Mícheál Furey 47 Jane Lowry 46 Diana Garcia Lopez FoodCycle Manchester (in a personal capacity) 45 Joe Taylor NatCAN 44 Amanda Sebestyen Asylum Education & Legal Fund 43 sarah findlay Starter Packs Glasgow 42 John Phillips Langworthy Cornerstone Association 41 David Eatock 40 annette rimmer community radio 39 sally davies Retired social worker/welfare rights worker 38 Sue Robson Freelance community development worker and feminist activist 37 Stephen Lancashire Various 36 Jane Garnham independent 35 John Slade Labour/Cooperative Party 34 Michael Anthony Snaith Greater Manchester & Beyond Coalition of PLW HIV 33 Malcolm Alexander Chair, National Association of LINk Members - (NALM) - in a personal capacity 32 Mike Chitty none 31 Jim Radford honor Oak Park Residents Association 30 Susan Dow BME Alliance for the East Midlands 29 faith gakanje African Women's Empowerment Forum 28 lesley rodgers Dragon Dynamics 27 shamsher chohan Communities Inc 26 Pete Edwards Erewash Voluntary Action CVS Ltd 25 Laird Ryan Faiths4Change 24 Gordon McFadden Limbcare 23 Valerie Lipman 22 Vaughan Bruce 21 Diane Law 20 Debby Hyams 19 Les Bright 18 Gordon Hunter Lincolnshire Community Foundation, Dircetor 17 Sean Creighton None 16 Raymond Wilson s.w.p 15 Katharine Peake 14 Maggie Phelps 13 Linda Robinson Friends of Bentley Priory Nature Reserve 12 Bob Widdowson 11 Penny Waterhouse 10 Andrew Heathman 9 Andrew Bunting 8 Anthony Boardman 7 Jacqueline Smith 6 Jayne Linney DEAEP (Leics) 5 Sue Baillie One Voice, New Forest 4 Stephen Kingston salford star 3 Liliana Dmitovic Peoples Republic of Southwark, co-founder 2 Andy Benson NCIA 1 Yorick Brown