6th September 2010
Maidstone is set for a huge hike in unemployment say Maidstone Greens. 1500 job cuts including 1000 civilian jobs to be cut by Kent Police will hit Maidstone hardest as the Police HQ is based there. Greens are equally concerned at the loss of jobs in the Maidstone sorting office announced last week. The sorting office is to move to Medway with the loss of around 100 jobs and less access to the sorting office by the elderly and those without cars.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party:"Our thoughts go out to those affected by these ridiculous cuts. The closure of the sorting office in Maidstone will not just affect the 100 or so families whose income will be slashed, but it will affect thousands of older people and people without cars who will not be able to travel to Strood to pick up parcels and letters.
"The cuts by Kent Police will add to this misery with the majority of cuts being felt here in Maidstone. Maidstone will see soring unemployment and a devastated economy over the next few years, all based on the destructive and unnecessary cuts being pushed by the Lib Dem / Tory coalition.
"Maidstone Greens will oppose these unnecessary cuts and have written to the Police Federation, Unison and the Communication Workers Union expressing our concern and support. We have also written to the Royal Mail, Chief Constable and local MPs urging them to reconsider."
2. 400 jobs to go across four sorting offices: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway_messenger/news/2010/september/2/sorting_office_under_threat.aspx?lang=en-gb