CAMPAIGNERS called for Sheffield Council to ‘stand up’ for the city in a demonstration over looming budget cuts of up to £57 million.
Yesterday’s Town Hall protest marked the end of a consultation asking residents where the axe should fall in a leaflet sent out to every household by Coun Julie Dore, council leader.
Campaigners from the Sheffield Anti-cuts Alliance, UNISON and the Socialist Party say the council should fight back.
Former council enforcement officer Carrie Hedderwick, 67, of Fir Vale, said: “We want the council to really stand up for Sheffield in a way that’s visible and ask for more money, join the fight and realise there is an alternative.
“The leaflet that has been sent out is asking people to be complicit in making the cuts.”
People held flags and banners in the demo while passers-by signed petitions against cuts.
Campaigners said the consultation leaflet was asking residents to make a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ style decision between which services to reduce.
Geoff Turner, secretary of the Sheffield Anti-cuts Alliance, said: “The council seem to be managing the cuts not leading any campaign against them.
“We appreciate the difficult position they are in – but they should stand up for Sheffield and not simply carry out the Tory cuts.”
n People are invited to find out more about council budget proposals at town hall public meetings this month.
To attend a session, which are about a range of topics, call 0114 273 5417.