HS2 versus You
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HS2 represents £50 BILLION of taxpayer's money being used to fund a train set.
In the UK, social services across all vulnerable sectors are being pushed beyond limits of endurance by continual cuts and decisions against their ongoing support.
We hereby petition Lord Hollick, of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, to act unequivocally on behalf of the people of Great Britain in bringing to cessation all plans to construct the HS2 network, on the grounds that such a scale of investment in a vanity project against a backdrop of increasing social malaise and deprivation is a violation of Human Rights and should be dealt with accordingly.
In perspective, this is a quote from Community Care, a Reed Business Information group dedicated to the care sector:
"The sixth annual Adass budget survey revealed that £1.1bn will be taken out of social care budgets in 2015-16. The figures factor in additional funding provided from government for Care Act implementation and via the better care fund – a pooled budget between councils and NHS commissioners. The reduction brings the total spending cuts, including inflation and demographic pressures, to £4.6bn since 2011. The total cut is equivalent to almost a third (31%) of the £14.6bn spent on adult social care by councils in 2010-11."
HS2 expenditure represents the equivalent of 3.4 years' worth of adult social care across the whole of the UK. This vanity project must be stopped before it begins and the money diverted back to community support and social welfare where it belongs.
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