LISTEN: Rally Over Budget Cuts Criticises New Council Offices in Dorchester
11:20am 9th February 2013
(Updated 10:42am 10th February 2013)
Demonstrators have marched through Dorchester protesting over Council cuts.
Members of the Trade Union Council walked from Poundbury to the new West Dorset District Council offices in South Walks yesterday (9th February).
It's in protest over a vote to cut the public services budget in Dorset by 11 million pounds over the next 2 years.
A number of local residents also joined in with the march after Trade Unionists calling on people living in West Dorset to meet them on route.
Councillor Alastair Chisholm was on the march and was particularly scathing about the cost of West Dorset District Council's new offices.
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."
On Thursday (14th February) Dorset County Councillors will be voting on whether to cut a further £11 million pounds from the budget during 2013/14.
The Council will also be informed that cuts totalling £13.5 Million will be made in 14/15, and a further cut to services of £13.2 million will be made in 15/16.