A newly-formed campaign group say it’s time for residents to ‘fight back’ against service cuts as they outline plans to rally outside council HQ.

West Dunbartonshire Community Group was formed as a result of local community residents approaching the trade unions to seek support amid the cost of living crisis.

The activist group has already held ‘successful’ community meetings and in early May, helped organise a trip to Edinburgh to protest budget cuts at Holyrood during first minister’s questions.

A spokesperson for the project told the Clydebank Post: “West Dunbartonshire Council in the last financial year faced its biggest ever budget deficit which was £21.2 million pounds. 

“This will result in hundreds of employees losing their jobs, with services and our community affected beyond measure.

“Already we are seeing the impact of these cuts on the shire with complaints coming in about bins being full in our streets and grass not being cut in our communities.

“Today chief officers have just confirmed that the budget gap for this current financial year sits at £11m pounds.

“West Dunbartonshire Community Group says enough is enough – these cuts this year affect every area of our society, we call upon every member of our community to turn up on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 16 Church Street at 12pm.

“They say cut back we say fight back.

“Local Government underfunding has gone too far, it’s time for the Scottish Government and Westminster to stop running our services into the ground.”

The Post understands the group is made up of a wide scope of the local society, including teachers, retirees and former trade union members.