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Protests as Homestart funding is slashed

Protestors took to the streets today in support of a charity whose funding has been slashed by Lincolnshire County Council.

Homestart says more than 500 vulnerable families could be affected by the cut, but the local authority says it faces difficult financial decisions, and has had no choice.

Lincoln budget protest planned

Trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners will hold a protest against cuts in Lincoln city centre as the Budget is announced in Parliament.

The protest has been called by a Lincoln & District TUC - a union federation whose affiliated branches represent thousands of workers in the public- and private-sector in the Lincoln area - and is also being supported by Lincoln Disabled People Against Cuts.**


Benefit assessment company: "committed to getting capable people back to work"

Protestors in Chesterfield claim disabled people are being forced back into work when they are not well enough.

Dressed as UN representatives, the campaigners say they are conducting an "investigation into alleged human rights abuses".

But the company who assess people claiming benefits for disabilities say they use accredited doctors and nurses.

"We are committed to helping people who are capable of work get off benefits and into paid employment, while giving unconditional support to those who need it.

"A decision on whether someone is well enough to work is taken following a thorough assessment and after consideration of all the supporting medical evidence provided by the claimant.

"The percentage of people entitled to Employment and Support Allowance is now at its highest level, with over half of people eligible for it."

– Spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions

Protest over disabled rights

Protestors in Chesterfield today

Protestors have taken to the streets in Chesterfield today to campaign for fairer treatment of disabled people.

They claim Atos - the company hired by the government to assess the capability of disabled people for work - are forcing people to work who are not well enough to do so.

The Unite community group is calling for a conference to be held in Chesterfield to gather further evidence and propose changes to the current policy and systems.

Protest held over plans for recycling site near village

A protest's been held by angry residents living in a North Lincolnshire village, who are concerned over the plans to build a recycling plant there.

Campaigners against the proposals say if given the go-ahead the plant will attract vermin, lead to increased traffic and devalue local house prices. But the owner of the site say's that won't be an issue and will actually benefit the area. Sarah Clark reports.


Hundreds turn out to Northern towns' cuts protest

Northern towns' cuts protest in Halifax Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

Protest at cuts to northern towns

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
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