Protestors from Unite, GMB and both East Yorkshire and Hull against Flouridisation have been protesting on the steps of the guildhall today while a budget meeting was taking place inside.
Patrick Holdsworth of East Yorkshire against Flouride said: “It’s a massive waste of money,
“It will cost £400,000 to set up and then £100,000 a year to maintain,
He continued “They’re targeting 5 to 7 year olds saying that it strengthens tooth enamel but there is no proof of the benefits they say it brings,”
He wants them to take the money it costs and use it to educate both children and adults about dental health instead.
Unite Convenor Pete Schofield said they, and the GMB, were campaigning against austerity cuts that have been forced on the council by a £150M cut in funding from central government.
“We’re protesting because it’s about time the Labour council grew a backbone and made a stand against the Tory government,
“Over the last five years there’s been 2,000 jobs lost and the council have had to start charging for things that were free before like day services, transport and meals at day centres,
He continued “The government have targeted Labour councils and looked after their own like Chelsea council has had a rise in funding while Hull has had a massive cut,
He also went on to say it wasn’t specifically aimed at the government but also the council saying “The chief executive shouldn’t get paid £170,000 it’s far too much,
“Two councilors Jill Kennet and Dean Kirk have actually now set up their own party for the people of Hull,
“It’s about time the council said no to anymore cuts,”
The council now charge £65 a session for day services, £5 each way for transport and about £2.50 for a meal at a day centre as a result of the cutbacks.