Tuesday 16 December
Student Assembly Against Austerity Press Release
Tomorrow (Wednesday 17 December), students from across London will be protesting outside Boris Johnson’s Mayor Question Time to voice the growing opposition to his proposed cut of 90% to youth and education services in London.
The planned cuts would see Greater London authority investment in education and youth activity fall from £22.6m this year to £10.4m next year and £2.3m in the year 2016/2017.
The protest is being jointly organized by Piers Telemacque (NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship), Shakira Martin, (President of LeSoCo Students’ Union) and the Student Assembly Against Austerity.
Piers Telemacque, NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship said:
“We are protesting outside Boris Johnson’s Question Time to send a very clear message that we will not stand for this enormous cut to vital youth and education services in London. If Boris thinks he can get these cuts through quickly and quietly and without a fight, he is very mistaken.
“To slash millions of pounds away from youth services, mentoring and volunteering projects would be a disgrace. A cut of this scale would have a hugely detrimental impact on young people in London.
“We are demanding that these planned cuts are abandoned by Boris. If the cuts are not scrapped the Mayor of London should expect more protests in the New Year.”
Shakira Martin, NUS National Executive and President of LeSoCo Students’ Union added:
“Boris is making it clear that investing in the next generation is just a buzz word used too often to try and engage students and young people especially in the run up to the General Election. But his proposed 90% cut to youth services proves he doesn’t mean it.”
Shelly Asquith, President of University of the Arts London Students’ Union added:
“Like many who access youth services in London, Boris Johnson left home at a young age. Except when he left, it wasn’t because of disruption or poverty. Boris left to go to Eton. And now his Christmas gift to working class Londoners is a 90% cut in their services.
“I cannot emphasise enough how important the services Boris Johnson wants to cut are to so many people; not just young people but their families who often cannot provide the vital support found in these centres.”
Aaron Kiely, NUS National Executive and organizer of the Student Assembly Against Austerity added:
“Whilst Boris’ banker mates in the City of London think about how to spend their multi billion pound bonuses this Christmas, young people across London are getting their youth services cut to the tune of millions.
“We are determined to build a movement to stop these cuts which will hit to most deprived and vulnerable young people the hardest.”
1. The protest is being jointly organized by Piers Telemacque (NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship), Shakira Martin, (President of LeSoCo Students’ Union) and the Student Assembly Against Austerity.
2. The protest takes place at 12noon during the Mayor of London’s Question Time outside City Hall on the south bank of the river Thames.
3. A petition against the planned 90% to youth and education services provided by the Greater London authority has gathered hundreds of signatures and can be found here:
4. The facebook event for the protest can be found here:
5. The Student Assembly Against Austerity is the student wing of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
For comment contact:
07806 828749 (Piers)
07897 922813 (Shelly)
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