Fears for care homes and Universal Credit raised by protest groups

From left, Alan Tier, Lorna Mooney, Donna Abrahart and Mark Sage at today's protest
From left, Alan Tier, Lorna Mooney, Donna Abrahart and Mark Sage at today's protest
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PORTSMOUTH City Council's budget meeting today attracted protests from two city groups.

Members of Portsmouth Unison and the Unite Portsmouth community group attended full council to both make and support deputations against the proposed budget for the next financial year.

A steward for Portsmouth Unison, Alan Tier, said: 'We are concerned about the closure of care homes Edinburgh House and Hilsea Lodge.

'There is talk about a new home but there are no solid plans. And in the meantime the residents will have to go private. We are concerned about what happens in the meantime and how it will affect residents, their families and the staff.

'People were not asked about this. There has been nothing democratic about this.'

Alan Burgess made a deputation at the meeting on behalf of the Portsmouth Unite group. 'We are disgusted by the levels of poverty that are rife in Portsmouth,' he said.

'I am a resident of Charles Dickens ward where there are horrendous levels of child poverty. They are already being impacted by Universal Credit and as a result they require more support from local services.

'I want the council to recognise its risky investment in retail parks around the country, these are not helping the people of Portsmouth. That money should be spent on people in the city.'