A TRADE union has called on MP Andrew Turner to fight the Isle of Wight’s corner in the face of sweeping government cuts.
Unison branch secretary Mark Chiverton has written to Mr Turner, on behalf of members, expressing 'major concern about the sheer scale of budget cuts’ and asking what he had done to highlight their devastating impact.
The Isle of Wight Council is facing a black hole in its budget of £28 million over the next three years due to the cuts.
The Island had suffered badly as a result of the government’s austerity measures, where unemployment was high and more people were dependent on public services than elsewhere in the affluent south east, said Mr Chiverton.
"Ongoing reductions in funding will continue to erode already overstretched services, with many of the poorest and most vulnerable residents likely to be particularly hit.
"In particular, the Island has a substantial percentage of residents over 65 who are heavily reliant on services provided by the council," said Mr Chiverton in the letter, which was copied to all council members.
"Unison believes it is imperative the whole community unites in a visible and vocal campaign, highlighting the disadvantages the Island faces and the need for an adequate level of funding to meet the needs of the population.
"In the current bleak circumstances, our members are anxious to know exactly what you have done and are planning to do, in order to personally campaign along these lines and highlight the devastating effect a further reduction of £28 million will have on vital local government services and jobs."
Mr Turner was not available to comment as the County Press went to press. His response is due to be published next week.