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Election candidates in Sheffield will be asked what they would do to support alternatives to the Government’s spending cuts, at an event organised by the Public and Commercial Services union.

PCS members from the Sheffield area have invited candidates to attend, to be grilled on their commitment to defending public services, and the jobs, pensions and pay of those who provide them.

The event, part of PCS’s Make Your Vote Count campaign, will be held on Monday, from 7pm, at the Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, on St James Street. The union will publicise candidates’ responses to its members and the public in advance of the council elections on May 3.

Linda Cartwright, regional campaign co-ordinator, said: “We believe there is an alternative to all these cuts.”