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December 31, 2011

Uneven Cuts

Hope has sustained me, but as I look at the situation in our country and how uneven, unfair and unjust a situation we find ourselves in, my hope is waning. The reports coming out from organistions such as the highly respected Joseph Rowntree Trust, or the National Council for Voluntary Youth services show how the poorest and most marginalised are bearing the brunt of the cuts. The wholesale dismantling of the youth service at a time of highest youth unemployment is one of the stupidest and shortsighted practices of the last 100 years. Usually the optimist in me would see the idea of the Big Society as an opportunity but already I see that again that it will be the most marginalised that will be most affected. It is already becoming clear that the investment needed to resource work with hardest to reach young people will simply not manifest itself, either in terms of people, skills, or money, as the voices of a powerful few sweep up the crumbs of what money is left, or baton down the hatches and become even more insular, to weather out the storm, and unfortunately this is a pattern I see both in the church and the local authority.
Occupy offered me hope, and as the leader of StreetSpace which has to be one of the fastest growing youth work agenicies my hope is still an ember, but I have to remind myself and challenge to church to recognise the inequality of the cuts, the simple injustice, that the poorest communities and young people are not to blame to for the situation we find ourselves in… so here is my reminder……

This item was posted by Richard Passmore

posted to Church,Government,Justice,StreetSpace,Uncategorized,Youthwork @ 5:16 am

4 comments

  • At 8:53 am on December 31, 2011, Anonymous commented:

    Send that article to The Times! (By the way, Richard, you look half cut!!!! :))

  • At 12:29 pm on December 31, 2011, Richard commented:

    Great article about poverty and thatcher. The Cameron/clegg legacy is likely to be worse http://www.leftfootforward.org/2011/12/thatcher-toxteth-riots-legacy-abandoned-inner-cities/

  • At 1:41 pm on December 31, 2011, James commented:

    good post Richard – I agree!!

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