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Protesters Make Their Feelings Clear Outside Town Hall

Wednesday March 6 2013


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PROTESTERS were present outside Barnsley Town Hall as councillors set the 2013/14 budget.

They were calling for Barnsley Council to reconsider making cuts to the youth service and out-of-hours learning network for youngsters.

As councillors went up the stairs to make their way inside, the protesters waved placards and chanted.

George Arthur, one of the protesters, said: "This Tory government is making cuts that are affecting us in Barnsley and what they're doing is wrong."

"This Labour council should be standing up to it - they were elected to make things better. They're acting as rubber stampers for Eric Pickles who wants to see us ground down in the gutter."

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Reply Posted by Lisag on Wednesday March 6 2013 at 16:27
Wished I'd known about this, I would have been there to support. We've had to say good bye to all our kids this week, and they are heartbroken. But i tell you what, it's going to come back round and bite them on the backside when they start complaining kids are up to alsorts and getting in to trouble :(

Reply Posted by Tony Nuttall on Wednesday March 6 2013 at 20:15
If you would like to get involved with the Barnsley Against the Cuts campaign give Tony Nuttall a ring on 0775 883 6854 or email tonynuttall@blueyonder.co.uk

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday March 6 2013 at 23:16
Lisag: If you are talking about your children, then I would suggest that you adopt a responsible attitude and control them. Likewise, any other parents who have unruly children should discipline them as appropriate. If we had better parenting in Barnsley we would have children who were more respectful. In part it is irresponsible and ill-educated parents who are preventing this town from developing both economically and socially.

Reply Posted by Just Lol on Friday March 8 2013 at 21:22
I very much doubt she was going on about her own children Brian, congratulations for totally misreading the post. My guess is that Lisag was a support worker within one of these youth organisations, so before you judge at least get to know facts before jumping feet first into the deep end. Pot, kettle, black?

Reply Posted by Tim on Sunday March 10 2013 at 21:34
"In part it is irresponsible and ill-educated parents who are preventing this town from developing both economically and socially."
Your statement defies belief............do you really think this lies at the heart of Barnsley's problems, Get out in to the real world and smell the roses...

Reply Posted by J on Friday March 8 2013 at 21:18
Whilst I agree with Brian that it is a parents responsibility to raise their children with respect and a knowledge of right and wrong because this is sadly lacking these days unfortunately this is not happening! The children need these services that are being taken away to some they are vital!

Reply Posted by Tim on Sunday March 10 2013 at 21:43
I am a father, my kids have respect and a knowledge of right and wrong instilled in them by two very loving parents....and guess what we are from Barnsley.

Reply Posted by LV on Friday March 8 2013 at 21:38
I didn't go to youth clubs as a kid, I was just brought up to not hang around with trouble makers. But in all honesty there are other voluntary groups for them to go to. Why not point them to scouts then people can volunteer with the Scouts to help the kids gain important skills that will help them, even if it's just leadership, teamwork or community spirit! Not just council governed services are available for kids these days. I mean hell, what happened to family nights in?! Oh wait... I forgot, most of today's parents would rather kick their kids out as soon as they're home from school than actually parent them. God forbid anyone expect them to care for their own children!!!!

Reply Posted by Tim on Sunday March 10 2013 at 21:49
I am dismayed at your condescending tone critisising today's parents....I am one of those parents and provide love and support for all six of my kids, the older ones who are now engaged in successful careers having been dragged up in't tarn...get your facts straight..the people you talk about are in the minority....

Reply Posted by Maria on Saturday March 9 2013 at 09:44
The thing is its not necessarly parents not caring its providing safe environments and activities for children with their friends. It presumptious to assume parents dont have family night, we have family night, my children both have music lesson, acting lesson and have membership with bpl but still access these services. This government have a lot to answer for!

Reply Posted by Sian baker on Saturday March 9 2013 at 10:10
WE DON'T WANT OUR YOUTH SERVICES AND OUT OF OURS TO CLOSE AS IT GIVES US KIDS OMERT TO DO ND MEET NEW FRIENDS OW WE GUNNA BE ABLE TODO THAT WHEN YOUR SHUTTING EVERY HING DOWN ITS NOT GOOD THIS IS GETTING BEON THE JOKE NOW HOW IS PEOPLE GUNNA LIVE SO PLEASE KEEP OUR OUT OF HOURS CENTER AN YOUTH CLUBS AS IT WILL BE A GREAT PLEASURE TO KEEP ITOPEN AS IT WILL GET KIDS OF THE STREETS AND LESS CORSING TROUBLE

Reply Posted by mick on Sunday March 10 2013 at 22:38
We speak English here not Klingon . Get back to school you muppet.

Reply Posted by Brian on Sunday March 10 2013 at 00:26
Sian Baker: Unless you are five years old or younger, my advise to you is to stay at home on an evening and follow a course of study in an attempt to improve your written english. I really would strongly urge you to do something positive to improve your level of education before it is too late. Let us be fair, what employer would consider employing someone who is barely literate!

Reply Posted by Tim on Sunday March 10 2013 at 21:54
Brian, why do you insist on having ago at the person! take what they have said, read between the lines and leave the personal snipes at home/offline where they belong......You understand what the person is conveying and the reason it does not come across as well as your remarks may be for a good reason.....they might be having to use a computer to interpret what he/she has difficulty saying..

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Sunday March 10 2013 at 21:15
WAB can you find out whether the Councillors expenses and hospitality budget as gone up, or down. Hmmmmmmm I wonder.

Reply Posted by Natalie on Monday March 11 2013 at 07:37
Well done Sian for bothering to have an opinion & sharing it. It may not have been in the best of English but you got it across!
As for scouts, guides etc they are not cheap to attend what with camps etc.
50p a week for a youth club or free for the study support may be all a family can afford & it's better that the young people are safe, making new friends & learning new skills than hanging around the bus station as they want to be with their friends!

Reply Posted by Laura on Monday March 11 2013 at 12:56
They seem to have found £100,000 in the children young people and families budget for three new highly paid jobs that are advertised on the bmbc job vacancy website this week. Wonder where that extra money came from. Probably by scrapping the youth service and out of hours provision. Disgusted.