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Protestors against council cuts to march through Dorchester
11:10am Monday 4th February 2013 in News
The Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland and District Trades Union Council are calling on local residents to say ‘no’ to more cuts in services ahead of a full council meeting on February 14 when the county council will decide its budget for the 2013/14 financial year.
The authority will decide whether to cut a further £11million from its budget and could face further cuts of over £13million in the next two financial years.
The march will begin at 10am at The Great Field at Poundbury and will finish with a demonstration at the bottom of South Street.
March organiser and secretary of the Trades Council Tim Nicholls said: “This level of cuts is not sustainable anywhere and least of all in a county such as Dorset.
"We have an elderly population who rely on public services to help them live.”
Carl Wainwright, chairman of the council, said: “Cuts of £5.8million to services for the elderly and £1.9million to children’s services are simply not acceptable.
"The elderly and young did not create this economic crisis and should not be asked to pay for it.”