Where we are and where we will be

Where we are and where we will be
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Sunday, 13 April 2008

Walking on the other side of the road

The Edinburgh refugee Centre is closing down. Why, well they are one of the many many victims of the SNP/Libdem administrations vicious cuts to those who can least help themselves.

This is not news in itself. this has been known about for some weeks now. What is news to me is that I now hear that those involved in the centre (I chaired the group that set it up some years ago), lobbied the administration and were told by senior figures that they were "very supportive" and would "do all they could to keep it going". Yet when those same folk who run the Centre met Council Officers, the message was, its all over and there is no change of funding.

Who is in change here? Who is running this Council? It is certainly not those elected to lead.

Or was it that the decision had been taken but the administration were to scared to tell the Refugee Centre (and the thousands of others they have hurt), and got officers to do their dirty work instead

It is an absolute scandal, a travesty of our name as a city of hospitality that millions of pound s are being put onto tourism promotion but a few thousand has been cut from the refugee centre with the consequence that those who end up here because of trauma in their own country, will be turned away . Our so called city leaders offered nothing but warm words and insincerity and then made these cuts. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds and our city continues to suffer at their hands.

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1st Wed @ Piershill Library, 30 Piershill Terrace.
2nd Wed @ Craigentinny Community Centre, Loaning Rd.
3rd Wed @ Duddingston Primary School, Duddingston Rd.

All 7:15pm -7:45pm

and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South
12noon -1pm

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