Trade Unions join to protest as Sheffield City Council debates budget

7 Mar 2011

About 400 people protested in Sheffield against £80m of proposed council cuts for the city.  Five speakers and members of GMB, Unite and Unison protested outside Sheffield Town Hall as the debate was held.  The protest was peaceful and enabled people to “have their voices heard”.  Sheffield City Council met to decide on cuts over the next year. It plans to make savings of £220m by 2015.

The council, which employs about 15,000 people, said it expected 270 jobs would be lost next year, although child protection and adult social care services are to be protected from the cuts.  More than 400 jobs have already been cut this year at the council as a result of voluntary redundancies or unfilled vacancies.