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    Letters: We want good local services for all

    posted 20 Jun 2012 11:12 by Friern Barnet
    The government is consulting on whether to introduce a legal "right to choice" in public services. This "right" would put the burden on individuals to research different services they could use. It implies that it's OK for some hospitals or schools to be worse than others, as long as people can choose.
    But we do not want this emphasis on choice, we want a right to good local services that meet our needs. The government should make sure everyone has easy access to high-quality public services, by stopping cuts and privatisation. It should enable communitiesto work with frontline staff to make public services more accountable and responsive to users.
    The reality is that the government's "right to choice" and its "community right to challenge" (enabling voluntary groups to force local authorities to open up procurement) are a cover-up for privatisation by the back door. If this goes ahead, private companies will make a killing from taking over our services while everyone else suffers.
    Readers, if you want a right to good, local, publicly provided services insteadof a "right to choice", you can tell the government how you feel, by this Friday, 22 June, athttp://consultation.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ops-calltoevidence/questions/
    Paul Smith Atos Victims Group
    Tirza Waisel and Vicki Morris Barnet Alliance for Public Services
    Ben Rickman Brent Trades Union Council
    Pip Tindall Brighton Benefits Campaign
    Phil Clarke Brighton Stop the Cuts Coalition
    Alan Gibbons Campaign for the Book
    Ross Saunders Cardiff Against the Cuts
    Philip Leicester Charnwood against the Cuts
    Malcolm Wallace Chelmsford TUC
    Andrew Causon Cheltenham and Gloucester Against Cuts
    Mark Tyers Coalition of Resistance, Tyne and Wear
    Chris Gibson Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance
    Alan Docherty Darlington Against Cuts
    Linda Burnip, Debbie Jolly and Ellen Clifford Disabled People Against Cuts
    Mike Arnott Dundee Trades Union Council
    Julie Boston Friends Of Suburban Bristol Railways
    Rod Wells Haringey Alliance for Public Services
    Sean Fox Haringey Unison
    Ian Harris and Wally Kennedy Hillingdon Against Cuts
    Sarah Hitchings Lewes Stop The Cuts
    John Hamilton Lewisham People Before Profit
    Dave Morris London's Local Anti-Cuts Alliances
    Tina Purcell Manchester Coalition Against Cuts
    Rachael McGill National Coalition for Independent Action
    Rob Williams The National Shop Stewards Network
    Malcolm Degroot Newport Trades Council/Newport Against The Cuts
    Norman Adams Northampton Save Our Public Services
    Jim Lowe, John Gulliver, John Harding, Kathleen Harding, Rosie Haworth-Booth and Christine Basil North Devon Anti-Cuts Alliance
    Cat Hobbs Oxford Save Our Services
    Bryn Truscott Redhill Coalition Against Cuts
    Ian Murray Sandwell Against Cuts
    Maureen Ivens Save Friern Barnet Library
    Piers Milne Save our NHS West Midlands
    Bobby Noyes Southampton and South West Hampshire TUC
    Chris Kelly Southwark Save Our Services
    Ian Rathbone Their Cuts – Not Ours
    Ian Clark Voices for the Library
    Bob Severn and Nancy Taaffe Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union
    Nick Kelleher Wolverhampton and Bilston TUC
    Graham Martin York Welfare Campaign
    Nicola Dodgson anti-cuts campaigner
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