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Dorchester Protest March Against Cuts

March 6

2:39pm 11th February 2013

The threat of an 11 million pound cut to Dorset's public services has sent a group marching through our streets in protest today (Saturday 9th February).

The Trades Union Council will walk from Poundbury to Dorchester's new council offices, and they've invited the public to join them.

It's in protest over next weeks vote to cut the public services budget in Dorset by 11 million pounds over the next 2 years.

March organiser and Secretary of the Trades Council, Tim Nicholls said to Wessex FM, "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, Chair of the Trades Council continued to say, "Cuts of £5.8 million to services for the elderly and £1.9 million 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.  'Casino banks' have hardly been touched by legislators in this country whilst the young, elderly and vulnerable are being left to sink or swim; and many are sinking."

The march will begin at 10:00am from the Great Field in Poundbury, passing the hospital, and will end in a rally at the bottom of South Street, in view of the new West Dorset District Council offices.

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