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Norwich nurses organise anti-cuts gig

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2011

Two Norwich nurses have organised a protest gig against local public sector cuts.

Adam Colman and Emma Corlett, who both work as community mental health nurses in Norfolk, have been spurred into action after seeing the effects of the cuts on the vulnerable people they work with every day.

The gig, entitled Norfolk Uncut, will bring a 13-act bill to Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday, January 13.

It is hoped the music and spoken-word event will double up as a protest against cuts in public sector and arts funding while raising cash for the countywide campaigning group Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts

Mum-of-one Miss Corlett, 35, who lives close to Norwich city centre, said: “The forthcoming cuts to disability benefits, support to help young people remain in education and the raising of thresholds to receive social care will have a significant detrimental impact on the health of people in Norfolk, and drive people further into poverty.”

As previously reported, Norfolk County Council is looking across the board at cuts in services as it seeks to bridge a £155m funding black hole in the wake of cuts in council funding.

The authority is carrying out a wide-ranging “Big Conversation” with people in Norfolk, asking them what they would like services to look like in the future, alongside a series of statutory consultations on cuts to services for adults and young people and public transport. The consultation ends on Monday.

Thursday’s gig will see Birmingham’s Misty’s Big Adventure return to the Norwich Arts Centre to headline the event.

Other acts include Cambridge band Bomb Factory, Norwich’s Scumbag Philosopher and Sugar Mouse.

The event will also feature seven of the local area’s finest spoken word artists, including popular Radio 4 poet Luke Wright, Vince Laws, who will launch his Eat the Poor campaign, and Yanny Mac, the Bard of Great Yarmouth Pier. Miss Corlett added: “We’ve deliberately chosen bands and speakers who are particularly outspoken and who have had a lot to say about the situation. The gig should be a good way to have a bit of fun while raising a serious issue and fund-raising for future campaigning at the same time.”

Norfolk Uncut tickets cost £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm. To book, call 01603 660352 or go to www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Are you doing something to protest against the cuts? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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