Hundreds of people have marched against cuts to public services and jobs, which union leaders claim are having a bigger impact here in the North than the South of the country.
Some parents also joined the rally in Halifax as uncertainty surrounds the future of local children's centres. Jon Hill reports.
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.
North East Lincolnshire Council says it will have to make further savings after its spending power was cut by more than 5% next year.
Council bosses say the financial settlement given to the authority by the government was worse than previously feared and means it will have to find an extra £8 million in savings by the end of 2015.
The council leader, Chris Shaw, says he will write to the government claiming unfair treatment.
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.