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Rosie Duffield, the new Labour MP for Canterbury, is speaking out against Kent County Council’s proposed cuts to the Community Infant Feeding Support Service in the area, which includes breastfeeding support groups and drop-ins.

The Conservative-led Kent County Council have proposed cuts of over £400,000 a year to the service which helps new families adjust to the demands of feeding their babies. Rosie says, ‘I am a mother of two and I know how hard it can be to look after a new-born. Open access clinics that offer feeding services and advice are essential. Mums and dads should be able to drop in for a chat and friendly help. Making clinics only accessible through a professional referral, as Kent County Council are proposing with these terrible cuts, will drastically cut down the number of women using these services.’

Rosie continues, ‘I am a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose the best way to feed her baby and I am sad that the breastfeeding rates in the UK remain some of the lowest in the world. Breastfeeding is good for a child’s health and has health benefits for mums too. KCC’s proposed changes threaten to lower breastfeeding rates in Kent and I am really worried about this.’

Currently there are 17 specialist-led breastfeeding groups across Kent. Rosie says, ‘I have spoken with women who attend the Canterbury one and I know that the session is very busy. It can sometimes overrun by up to two hours, such is the demand. The fact that Kent County Council are proposing reducing services across our county from 17 consultant-led groups a week to just 4, is atrocious. The town of Whitstable, for example, will see all of its breastfeeding support services removed. Women will suffer for KCC’s inability to balance its books; government and council cuts should never be at the expense of the most vulnerable, in this case new-borns and postpartum women – I am horrified by these proposals.’

Rosie is supporting a petition on 38 Degrees to Save Kent’s Breastfeeding Services. Click here to sign

A questionnaire, asking for feedback on the proposed changes is available by clicking here.

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Herne Bay Labour Party members and Whitstable Stop the Cuts Group joined forces in Herne Bay on Saturday 18th February for the public to sign the petition to stop closure of the two Job Centres in the towns of Herne Bay & Whitstable.People expressed concern at the closures and a cross section of people of all ages signed the petition.

Labour Party Campaigner Jon Beer, who is leading the Job Centre Campaign in Herne Bay said; “This is a common sense issue that united everyone that we spoke to. It would force people trying to find work – including those living with disabilities, or bringing up children, or simply those without a pension to support them – to spend hours on round trips to Canterbury, and without support to find work, people who are unemployed or on unstable zero-hours contracts will continue to be reliant on benefits. The high cost of bus travel which is not reduced for many weeks is a further drain on their resources. The Conservatives’ obsession with austerity might save money on paper, but in reality the cost of their cuts is borne by ordinary people, and saves the country no money in practice.”

Currently a consultation is taking place on the proposals.
The petitions from the two towns against the proposals will be sent to:
Sarah Kennett
District Managers office
Public consultation
Ashford Jobcentre Plus
International House
Dover Place, Ashford, Kent TN23 1 HT