Cuts protesters report increased support for demo

THE Mansfield Save Our Services group, which is part of the Notts SOS Campaign, are reporting an increase in support for their planned demonstration in the town tomorrow.

Organisers of the demonstration and rally in Mansfield report that they have been very pleased with the response to their call for a big turn out on Saturday.

A meeting of the campaign earlier this week heard of pledges of support from a range of groups and individuals angry at the effect of the policies of the Coalition Government and the Conservative-led County Council.

Leafletting has been carried out in the town centre, at West Notts College, outside major council workplaces, and in local areas affected by threatened fire station closure like Warsop.

The demonstration will gather by the town’s “Feather” landmark at the top of Westgate from 10.45am for an 11am march into the Market Place where a rally with speakers will be held.

The protest comes as Unions are balloting for action by Notts County Council staff threatened with mass redundancies.

Mansfield Save Our Services representative Paul Frost, a local Unison member, said the protest would give a major opportunity for people to express their opposition to the proposed of service cuts and job losses.

“People have told me that it is great that they are going to get an opportunity to demonstrate their complete opposition to what the Government and the County Council are doing,”he said. “There is real anger when you talk to people. There is a feeling that areas like Mansfield are being picked on because they are easy targets where few people vote for the ruling Party anyway.

“A recent survey showed that Mansfield was particularly vulnerable to cuts in public services affecting the whole of the local economy. Not only will the vulnerable suffer loss of vital services, but with less money circulating due to public sector redundancies, local businesses will find it harder to keep going and we may get a vicious spiral of decline. Everyone should oppose these cuts - they are neither ethical nor economically sensible”

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