Campaigners angry at budget cuts approved by Doncaster Council have been protesting in the town Mayor's local ward. They say the one hundred and nine million pound cuts will hit the Askern area especially hard, with the loss of leisure and library services. Sarah Clark reports.
Residents and businesses joined together today to hold a protest in Askern in Doncaster over cuts to the council's budget. Askern is the local ward of Mayor Ros Jones who has masterminded the proposed cuts of £109 million in the authority.
A protest is being planned outside Askern Library this afternoon, by campaigners angry at budget cuts approved by Doncaster Council. Askern is the local ward of Mayor Ros Jones who has masterminded the proposed cuts of £109 million in the authority.
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Campaigners say they will continue to fight budget cuts voted through in Doncaster. They are planning a protest this weekend in Askern near to where the Mayor, Ros Jones, lives.
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Campaigners are angry at budget cuts approved by Doncaster Council. Doug Wright from Doncaster People's Assembly has been talking to Calendar about the plans.
Campaigners angry at budget cuts approved by Doncaster Council are planning a protest in the Mayor's local ward. They say the £109 million cuts proposed by Mayor Ros Jones will hit the Askern hard especially hard, with the closure of a day centre and loss of leisure and library services.
A protest will be held outside Askern Library at 1pm on Saturday. Doug Wright, Treasurer of Doncaster People's Assembly, said:
"The budget cuts will have a devastating impact on the users of local services. In addition the announced job losses will devastate local families and further weaken the local economy.
With no one political party opposing these cuts (Labour, Conservative & Lib-DemCouncillors voting in favour of the budget proposals) the Doncaster People's Assembly and its members are the only group representing the majority local opinion inDoncaster.
That is why we need to take our message to the Mayor's own constituency of Askern. The message is clear, there is an alternative to the government led austerity pro- gramme and that is to invest in public services and infrastructure.