Austerity cuts day of protest

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A SHEFFIELD charity is to join a national day of protest which will call for the government to think again about the cuts.

IBK Initiatives, which is based in Bramall Lane and offers support to disadvantaged children and their families, will join 70 other charities across the country planning a UK wide day of action.

The charity says the most vulnerable people in society are being forced to shoulder far more than their fair share of the Government’s austerity burden.

They plan to stage the national day of protest in major cities around the country on Monday, March 5, 2012.

The charities say it is ‘totally unfair and unacceptable’ that more than £7 billion of the Government’s £27 billion of cuts should fall on less than two per cent of society’s most vulnerable people.

IBK Initiatives Director, Pippa Murray, said the campaign was attracting thousands of people from all walks of life.

“They are signing up because they can already see signs of the negative impact of the cuts which threaten to damage the citizenship of vulnerable people, weaken family structures and undermine local communities,” she said.

Dr Simon Duffy, director of the Centre for Welfare Reform Sheffield, believes there are better ways of distributing the limited funding.

He said: “We are calling for a system of welfare reform which is fairer than the one currently propose.”