‘Heinous’ cuts branded ‘criminal’ by trade union

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PLANNED cuts to Portsmouth’s domestic abuse service were branded ‘criminal’ by trade union Unison yesterday.

The organisation was one of those to join protesters in Guildhall Square battling sweeping cutbacks to the lifeline service.

Declan Clune, trade union activist and Unison spokesman, said the group was opposed to cuts which would affect ‘the most vulnerable and needy’.

He said: ‘These cuts are heinous. To cut and take away the support of victims of domestic violence is, in my mind, absolutely criminal.

‘These cuts affect the most vulnerable of people across all services.

‘We stand against it. It’s not necessary and there is a way forward.’