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A PEACEFUL demonstration has been organised in Havant to protest against public service cuts.

Portsmouth Against The Cuts Together will march through Havant next Friday.

The protest has been organised in response to cuts by Hampshire County Council, which is facing a £55m funding gap over the next year after its government grant was slashed by £30.9m.

Tim Dawes, of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together, said: ‘These are swingeing cuts in local services, and are bound to affect the key services that Hampshire County Council provides in Fareham, Gosport and Havant, especially educational support and social care.

‘But these workforce cuts are only part of the story.

‘In Leigh Park a battle has begun to save the highly valued “Maisy Mouse” library bus which provides very important support for early readers in an area that really needs this.’

Protesters will gather in Havant Park at 4.15pm before the march.

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