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Prescot makes front page of NEW YORK TIMES as an austerity victim

Get Weekly Politics updates directly to your inbox SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!The NYT has launched a new series called Britain’s Big Squeeze. Its opening piece, focusing on Prescot, argues that austerity and Government cuts are permanently canada goose jacket outlet changing Britain, slashing the welfare state and canada goose outlet shop making the country more like America.The paper says: «Over the coming months, The New York Times will be taking a look at the issues impacting Britain today, including the changing face of local councils, childhood poverty, the judicial system and the NHS, and the unexpected ways this canada goose black friday sale is changing the political landscape.»No one living in Merseyside of the North can deny the catastrophic canada goose outlet canada effects of Tory led austerity on our public services. And Knowsley has been the worst hit of all.The council says canada goose outlet uk sale it has lost 45% of its funding since 2010, despite being one of the poorest areas of the UK. It says: «Knowsley Council’s funding has been cut by for every person in the Borough more than double the England average of per person.»That has led canada goose factory outlet to massive service cuts and to canada goose outlet reviews the controversial plan to sell off 17 parks that is mentioned right at the top of the article by European economics correspondent Peter Goodman.»Love and solidarity» The article suggests Britain’s community spirit is being battered by cuts. But despite the austerity crisis canada goose outlet , canada goose outlet nyc Prescot remains a strong and proud community.That was shown last year when the town came together following two tragic fatal stabbings.At a vigil in November, family members of Adam Ellison and Tommy Grace, who were killed in separate attacks earlier in the month, came together with councillors and local residents to remember goose outlet canada the victims and to make clear that the «town will make sure this doesn’t happen again».Prescot North Councillor Carl Cashman gave a canada goose outlet online uk speech and later told the ECHO: «The town came together to show love and solidarity».Others today have been pointing out that there are some positive developments in Prescot including the Shakespeare North Playhouse. It’s not that we defend austerity. We have suffered under it. But Prescot is on the up despite government cuts, and there’s a wave of investment on the back of the new theatre.»He added: «Story mentioned all the bad stuff and none of the good stuff (which is pretty major), which painted a picture of Prescot as a lost cause.»Doing the best with what we’ve got The presentation of the article has been up for debate.Its dramatic introduction reads: «A walk through this modest town in the northwest of England amounts canada goose outlet store to a tour of the casualties of Britain’s age of austerity.»The old library building has been sold and refashioned into a glass fronted luxury home. The leisure center has been razed, eliminating the public swimming pool. The local museum canada goose outlet parka has receded into town history. The police station has been shuttered.»Now, as the local government desperately seeks to turn assets into cash, Browns Field, a lush park in the center of town, may be doomed, too.»But Prescot does have a new purpose built police and official canada goose outlet fire station, which opened earlier this year.Work is FINALLY about to start on Merseyside’s ‘Globe of the North’ theatreWhen it opened, Merseyside Fire Rescue Service chief fire officer Dan Stephens said: «The new community fire station allows ourselves and Merseyside Police http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org, to continue to serve the public as effectively as possible, given ongoing budget cuts.»Meanwhile Prescot does still have a library and a museum, though both have moved from their older premises into the town’s shopping centre. There is also a soccer and leisure centre.»Widespread perception» Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at right wing think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, criticised the article in a series of tweets, including canada goose outlet toronto factory pointing out the new police and fire station.But canada goose outlet black friday Mr Goodman responded: «Note that this is a consolidation. Moreover, people in the village feel a loss. If you want to argue with them, that’s fine, but it’s a widespread perception in Prescot.».

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