Mums stage Sure Start demo in Portsmouth

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Mums and their children have staged a noisy demonstration against staff cuts in Sure Start centres in Portsmouth.

Dozens of protesters joined the city centre demonstration, organised by Portsmouth Against Cuts Together (PACT).

The Sure Start cuts demonstration

The Sure Start cuts demonstration

Marchers walked up and down the Commercial Road precinct, banging pots and pans and waving placards as they protested against the austerity cuts, including axing £1m from Sure Start centres.

Organiser Jon Woods, from PACT, said: ‘I think we’re having more and more impact, and the Sure Start mums are a good example of that.

‘You can look around and see the effects of austerity everywhere.

‘We cannot afford to keep having cuts to benefits and services in this city.’ The protest was called after the city council announced that it would cut 21 jobs at Sure Start centres, which provide support for families.

The council says it has been forced to act as part of measures to save £17m this year after its central government funding was slashed by a third.

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