Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Blur star meets Tulse Hill residents

It’s not every day that you pop down to the shops and find one of the stars of Britpop there. But that’s what happened when residents went to the shopping parade in Upper Tulse Hill on Saturday 5 June, and found themselves chatting to Blur drummer Dave Rowntree. Dave was there with members of the local Labour Party and Tulse Hill by-election Labour candidate Ruth Ling. They were there to talk to local people about the cuts in spending on public services threatened by the new LibDem-Tory coalition government, and to collect signatures on a petition protesting against the cuts.
“The first thing to go when the new government got in was the Child Trust Fund,” says Ruth Ling. “A lot of people we’ve spoken to in Tulse Hill in the last week have told us they are disgusted that children will be losing out in this way.” The scheme, introduced by the last Labour government to encourage parents to save for their children’s future, gave all children born after 2002 a voucher for £250. The money belongs to the child and can't be touched until they turn 18, so that children have some money behind them to start their adult life. All payments are to be scrapped by next January.

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