Hundreds of people joined a rally in Halifax to protest against Government cuts to public services. Led by teachers, the Northern Towns Against Cuts protestors marched from Halifax Town Hall to the Piece Hall where they gathered to listen to speakers including Halifax MP Linda Riordan.
Hundreds of people are expected to join a rally - led by teachers from across Yorkshire - today, to protest at Government cuts to public services and jobs.
Northern Towns Against Cuts will be marching from Halifax Town Hall to the Piece Hall where they will gather to listen to speakers, including Halifax MP Linda Riordan, a representative from Remploy and a parent opposed to cuts in children's centres.
The group - initially formed by the Calderdale branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and GMB two years ago, staged a protest in Halifax in February 2011, drawing people from northern towns including Bradford, Wakefield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Halifax, Wigan and Sheffield.
"The rally will focus on the price that northern towns are paying for austerity, cuts are now biting, austerity is not a choice up north, and it can only get worse.
We have had services absolutely decimated by the Government which is inflicting death by a thousand cuts on northern towns.
It's time to call a halt and invest in a future for all our children and protect the vulnerable in our society."
– Sue McMahon, Calderdale NUT Divisional Secretary
West Yorkshire Police's Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley says the cuts are necessary in order to meet budget cuts put in place by the Government. He defends the decision to close 21 stations and open just 10 new ones, stating that some response times could be faster.