Protest held outside Brent Town Hall as council chiefs rubber-stamp budget

Campaigners show their fury over plans to make �14million worth of cuts in the next 12 months

Angry protestors rallied outside Brent Town Hall as council members arrived to set the latest budget, which was passed last night (Monday).

Around 30 members of Brent Fightback, the borough’s anti-cuts campaign group, Brent SOS Libraries, National Union of Teachers (NUT) members and representatives from the latest library group Keep Willesden Green rallied outside the building in Forty Lane with placards and a megaphone.

The group held banners aloft and remonstrated with chants of “no ifs no buts no public sector cuts” and “they say cutback we say fight back”.

Sarah Cox, spokesperson for Fightback said they wanted to send a clear message to the council.

She told the Times: “This is a more of a symbolic protest; we recognise that these cuts are due to central government, but we want to show the council that they should not lie down and should fight for services.”

It is expected the Labour run council will make �14m worth of cuts for the next financial year as they attempt to save �104m by 2014.

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Herbert Bakari, a 72-year-old equal opportunities officer with the NUT said cuts to services made him ‘sick’.

He added: “I am against all cuts in education and health and social work outfits, cuts to education are wrong, you need to give people the best start in life.”