Parents march in Portsmouth to oppose Sure Start closures

Parents and children protest in Portsmouth against the closure of Sure Start centres

Parents and children protest in Portsmouth against the closure of Sure Start centres

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PARENTS and children have marched in Portsmouth in a protest against the closure and cuts Sure Start centres are facing.

Around 100 people turned up in Commercial Road today. Marching through the city centre they chanted ‘no ifs, no buts, no Sure Start cuts’.

Many of them held placards and banners as they walked through the wind and rain.

As previously reported in The News, Portsmouth City Council has revealed proposals to merge Sure Start centres in an attempt to save about £1m during 2013/14.

The plans include merging 16 centres to bring the total in the city down to nine.

Signatures were being collected for a petition which protesters want to take to 10 Downing Street.

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