Campaigners protest over Doncaster budget cuts

Campaigners angry at budget cuts approved by Doncaster Council have held 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.

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Protest in Doncaster Mayor's ward

Anger over budget cuts Credit: Calendar news

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.

Doncaster campaigners fight on

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.

The council is cutting 1,200 jobs, more than half of them in the next year - and council tax will also rise. David Hirst reports.

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Protest planned for Doncaster Mayor's ward

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones Credit: PA

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.