Protest rally against proposed Doncaster council cuts

A protest about the council cuts outside the civic building. Picture: Andrew Roe

A protest about the council cuts outside the civic building. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A planned march in protest at austerity cuts was thwarted today after police refused permission for it to take place in Doncaster town centre.

Instead about 50 union members and supporters of the People’s Assembly gathered outside the Civic Office in Waterdale to make their views known.

They had hoped to march through the town to the Mansion House but South Yorkshire Police told the organisers it was not allowed.

Melanie Onn, regional organiser of Unison, said: “We are trying to gather lots of people for a protest against the £109 million of proposed cuts that are going to affect jobs and we want to challenge the Mayor and chief executive to show that these are Government-led cuts and not the council’s.

“The Government is cutting £57 million from Doncaster’s grant and we are worried this is an over reaction and that it is not as bad as it is being portrayed. We want the Mayor to stand up for the people of Doncaster.”

Ms Onn said discussions with police about the planned march were ‘not fruitful’.

The gathering was addressed by Neil Calvert, from the Fire Brigades’ Union, who were on strike last night, and John Westmoreland, of the college lecturers’ union and represneitng the rcently formed Doncaster People’s Assembly.

He said the Assembly was trying to bring together all those against the cuts, irrespective of which party they supported, because “£109 million of cuts defies all logic.”

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