As part of our coverage of 2014 local elections, we have invited each candidate from Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards to send in 500 Words describing themselves and their campaign.
This from Katherine Dunn, candidate for Communities Against the Cuts in Northfield.
I have lived in West Heath for most of my life, and I am now standing for election as I am in despair at witnessing the unfair and unjust axing of so many of our local services which are so valuable to our diverse community.
Our National Health Service is in jeopardy, with General Practitioners being forced to take on more and more responsibility with less and less assistance to do so. Our hospitals are overwhelmed with pressure.
Politics is not a rich man’s hobby; it is about people’s lives. This is why I support Communities Against the Cuts. We are popular locally as we are simply its members who are fighting to protect it. This is because we have been let down by all of the major parties and we simply cannot afford to trust them anymore. My view is that maybe we cannot save the world, but we can try to protect our little part of it.
All three main parties have cut Birmingham’s Council services by hundreds of millions of pounds over the last few years. Libraries, neighbourhood offices, swimming pools, community centres and adult social services have all been targeted, alongside thousands of job cuts. Hundreds of millions of more cuts are planned in the next few years.
If you want a city worth living in, vote for a change of course!
Public services not private profit!
Welfare not warfare!
Services for all — no to discrimination!