Protest against Portsmouth City Council plans to slash budget

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CAMPAIGNERS have gathered outside Portsmouth Guildhall in defiance of the council’s plans to slash £13.1m from the budget next year due to cutbacks in government funding.

Jon Woods, of Portsmouth Trades Council, leading the lobby, said the council should refuse to accept making savings and instead lobby the government for more cash to improve services and protect the public.

He said the government should seek to reclaim millions in unpaid taxes in order to strengthen local authorities.

Kelly Tomlinson, community co-ordinator for Unite union, said: ‘A lot of people are already relying on food banks so further cuts to public services will drive people into poverty even more.’