Wednesday’s wise woman ….
Yesterday we celebrated women and their place in the world. On Monday I was invited to a presentation by Jean Binta Breeze. She read some poems and told some stories and gave me hope … for which I am grateful Thank you Jean.
I read today that the government has cut Reading Borough’s grant funding by 40% this amounts £39 million to be saved over the next 3 years. This is dreadful; already funds are stretched to the limit. The list of proposed cuts is huge and I won’t dwell on it now now suffice to say libraries will be closed, the buildings mothballed or used for commercial enterprises. Public toilets will be closed. The Town Hall and Museum will be subjected to staff reductions and the Hexagon and South Street will not offer the range of entertainment we have come to expect. The list that affects the elderly, children, those without work and the vulnerable is worrying. These numbers will increase as the meagre funds dwindle, as a result the housing stock will not meet the needs. Those already on the poverty levels will be expected to pay more towards the community charges. The list goes on…
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