Thousands march against austerity cuts

September 29 2017

Bristol’s anti-austerity protest attracted a crowd of thousands to its demonstration on September 9 against austerity measures and cutbacks.

Bristol’s anti-austerity protest attracted a crowd of thousands to its demonstration on September 9 against austerity measures and cutbacks. 

 People from Redland, Bishopston and across the city turned out in force to the biggest rally seen in Bristol in years. The crowds gathered on College Green from 1pm to listen to speeches from those affected by the cuts. There were groups present representing housing, education, the NHS, trade unions, the Labour Party and the Green Party.  

Despite a downpour just as the crowds lined up, there was a carnival atmosphere as people marched to Cabot Circus and on to Castle Park. 

The demonstrators were supporting Mayor Marvin Rees's demands for more money from the Government as Bristol City Council has to make cuts of more than £100 million in the next five years.

Marvin Rees visited Westminster the following week with leaders of 10 other core cities to ask the government for increased powers and investment.

He said: “We have faced significantly reduced government funding, while the cost of providing vital services to more people has risen substantially. 

“The paper we launched highlights how, by building a better Bristol through greater investment and the ability to make more decisions locally, we, along with the other core cities, can help deliver for the nation.

“So far, ministers have not involved us in plans for the economy after Brexit – so I, with the other core city leaders, am taking the opportunity to start that discussion, and we are reminding ministers we want to be part of an inclusive conversation.”