Angry protest outside Leicester Town Hall ahead of city council budget meeting
Anti-cuts protesters and union members carried out an angry protest at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon as councillors met inside to approve cuts of millions of pounds to its spending.
More than 50 campaigners gathered to voice their anger at the council's plans to cut £3 million from its budgets from April and a further six million the following year.
Before the meeting began a large changing crowd pushed past council staff to demonstrate loudly but peacefully in the town hall foyer.
More than a dozen police officers were in place to make sure no trouble started.
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Tony Church, of the Leicestershire Against The Cuts movement, said: "We want to let the mayor Sir Peter Soulsby how upset we are with the cuts they are making on behalf of this Tory government.
"Soulsby should be standing up to the government and using his influence with other Labour councils to fight these cuts."
He said he was particularly concerned about proposed cuts which would see 200 council hostel beds in the city axed.
Though Sir Peter withdrew the issue from the budget at the last minute because results of a consultation have yet to be considered, Mr Church said: "We are the sixth richest country in the world. There is no need for these cuts. The money can be found."