Campaigners to protest cuts against care homes

CAMPAIGNERS fighting “devastating” council cuts will stage a protest at an under-threat care home this weekend.

Doncaster People’s Assembly is inviting residents to join them for the rally at Rowena House on Old Road, Conisbrough, at 1pm on Saturday (1).

The council-run care home is one of seven earmarked for closure under Doncaster Council’s draft proposals to save £109 million over the next three years. Conisbrough Social Education Day Care Centre is also facing the axe as part of the cuts which will be formally agreed at Full Council meeting on February 20.

Saturday’s protest is the latest in a series of events organised by the activist group set up to contest Government austerity measures by supporting union industrial action as well as organising its own campaigns.

A spokesman for DPA said: “We oppose the cuts announced by Doncaster Council and all austerity measures imposed by the Conservative-dominated coalition.

“These cuts represent a devastating blow to ordinary people and families in Doncaster and include the closure of all residential care homes for the elderly and infirm, day care centres, the effective closure of local libraries and the loss of around 1,200 public sector jobs.

“The cuts will also see reductions in pay, terms and conditions of many public sector workers in Doncaster and we will resist and protest against these cuts at every available opportunity.”

DPA is a regional branch of the national campaign group People’s Assembly Against Austerity.

For more information email [email protected]. DPA meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 7pm at the Women’s Centre on Cleveland Street, Doncaster.