Rally at Westminster to oppose Public Bodies Bill

23/01/2011

in National Campaigns, News, Public Bodies Bill

Breaking news today from the Save Our Forests campaign – a rally is being organised at Westminster to oppose the Public Bodies Bill.

This enabling piece of legislation will confer all powers for a sale of England’s Public Forest Estate to the Secretary of State. This paves the way for a sale of 100% of the Public Forest Estate rather than the currently legal restriction of 15%.

Jim Paice MP – “In order to have substantial disposal, we need to change the law.”

From the Save Our Forests website:

9th February

Come to the rally and lobby your MP to ask the government to stop, listen and look again – we urge all who work in these organisations or who benefit from the work they do to come and raise their concerns.

12.30 – 2.00 pm: rally at Old Palace Yard, opposite parliament, where speakers will explain the issues and what will be lost if these public bodies are abolished or drastically changed

2.00 – 4.00 pm: Lobby in committee room 5 in the House of Commons. Make an appointment to meet your MP to say what you think about the proposals.

The government is proposing to abolish, merge, privatise and drastically cut and reform a large number of non-departmental public bodies that play important roles in the regional and rural economy, the environment, education, equality and the community. The Public Bodies Bill currently going through Parliament will give ministers wide-ranging powers to make these changes without full consultation and proper Parliamentary scrutiny.

The trade unions that represent members working in a wide range of non-departmental public bodies affected by these proposals are campaigning to get the government to stop, listen and look again.

Following a mass rally which will hear speakers on the issues raised by these drastic plans, our members who work in the public bodies affected and users of the services they provide are going to lobby their MPs.

We will be asking MPs to call on the government to reconsider their ill thought out and hasty plans for the reform of public bodies (recently criticised by the influential public administration select committee).

We want MPs and peers to call on the government to rethink the Public Bodies Bill which it is pushing through Parliament at the moment to give wide-ranging powers to ministers to make these changes with minimal consultation or Parliamentary scrutiny.

Click here for more information about the Public Bodies Bill and its effects on the Public Forest Estate.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

nick January 23, 2011 at 15:19

Great at last we have a rally, BUT WEDNESDAY! why midweek, will this not just look like not many people are bothered when they can`t make it for the midweek rally. Understand there may be reasons for this so when is there going to be a family friendly and worker friendly weekend rally!!

Blinking flip, Happy and frustrated at the same time! But we will be there all the same.

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SaveOurForests January 23, 2011 at 19:28

Please bare in mind that the rally will be against the whole Public Bodies Bill, not just the sections on the forest sell off, with speeches about a wide range of public bodies facing the axe (no pun intended!). However, it is important that as many people as possible attend to raise the awareness of all of the #SaveOurForests campaigns.

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Iain Skinner January 28, 2011 at 19:04

We need to get contractors and hauliers there with kit and timber. We also aught to get the bhs and kennel club involved as well as ctc and british cycling.

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Jay Doyle January 29, 2011 at 21:12

Come on Woodland Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation etc. Step up and support the Forestry Commission which has worked in partnership with you for many years. Once sold this land can never be regained and the scraps the NGOs might acquire will not balance the land and biodiversity lost to selfish interests and commercial gain.

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