Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is urging concerned residents to show their opposition to government cuts by signing a Greater Manchester petition.
The Conservative government has drawn up a national programme of cuts, as part of its plans to cut the deficit. But analysis has shown that councils in Greater Manchester authorities are facing cuts that are significantly higher than the national average.
And now a petition - launched by the Manchester Evening News -has been set up to call on the government to redress the balance.
The petition enables residents to record their opposition to cuts in each of the 10 Greater Manchester authorities and calls on the government to give each individual local authority its ‘fair share'.
And it can be accessed through the Manchester Evening News website, at www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk
Commenting on the launch of the MEN petition, Jonathan Reynolds said: "I know that there are many people living in Tameside who have serious concerns about what the scale of the cuts will mean for them.
"Of course, the council is one of the largest employers in the borough and I know that many employees are understandably worried about the stability of their jobs.
"But there are many more people who rely on services offered by the council, who fear the impact of cuts on services will have a serious impact on the quality of their lives.
"I believe there are alternatives to making such deep budget cuts at such speed, which could risk the stability of our economy.
"But if the Government is determined to make these cuts it is important that they are spread evenly.
"These cuts are clearly unfair and have disproportionately targeted areas like ours.
"This petition offers residents the opportunity to have their say on these unfair cuts and I am delighted that it has already won such widespread backing across the region."
Published February 4, 2011