Workers strike as councillors meet to discuss budget proposals

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Councillors met today (Thursday) to vote on a programme of service cut backs worth £154million.

The reductions, which include £87million this year, will affect people across Mansfield and Ashfield - and include cuts to bus services, library opening hours and support grants to vulnerable residents.

Today’s debate on the budget proposals was accompanied by a one-day strike called by Unison and a protest outside County Hall.

Paul Frost from Mansfield’s Save Our Services campaign said: “We are pleased with the turnout and the noise we made outside County Hall will have left (Conservative leader) Coun Kay Cutts in no doubt about our feelings.”

During the heated debate, Coun Joyce Bosnjak said the Conservative-led council was motivated by ideology and not financial necessity.

Sutton councillor Steve Carroll said: “The budget has been called a transformative budget but it is a transformation for the worse for this county.”

The Conservatives say the cuts are necessary because of a reduction in central Government grants and a black hole left by the previous Labour administration.