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Protest over planned cuts to adult social care

Protesters outside County Hall in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The budget for adult social care could be cut by half. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Protesters say the most vulnerable will be hit hardest. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protestors have been demonstrating outside County Hall in Norwich over planned cuts to adult social care.

Norfolk County Council is voting to slash funding from £10 million to £4.5 million by 2019.

Councillors insist the vulnerable will not be left without resources, although that has not allayed fears amongst everyone.

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Protest against proposed cuts to adult social care

The protest will take place outside Norfolk County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protestors are due to gather outside council offices in Norfolk to voice their anger over proposed cuts to adult social care.

At present, around £10 million of council money is spent on the services. The proposals suggest it should be reduced to £4.5 million by 2019.

Protestors say this will put added pressure on carers and on GP and emergency NHS services.

Representatives from Norfolk People's Assembly, NHS Norfolk Action Group, Unison, Disabled People Against the Cuts and Equal Lives will be among those protesting outside County Hall.

The full council is due to meet at 10am.

Fears for the future of social care in the face of funding cuts

A video report by Malcolm Robertson:

There are fears for the future of social care in our region because of big cuts cuts in council funding.

On Monday, there'll be protests outside Norfolk County Council where councillors are expected to approve significant reductions in their budgets.

Essex and Suffolk have also had to wrestle with difficult decisions because of reduced financial support from the Government.

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Tributes to mark 75th anniversary of Fall of Singapore

Regiments from East Anglia were involved in the surrender. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Imperial War Museum

Today marks 75 years since British forces suffered a huge defeat to the Japanese in Singapore during the Second World War.

Around 80,000 British and Allied soldiers were taken prisoner in what has become known as the 'Fall of Singapore.'

Regiments from East Anglia were involved in the surrender.

Many captured soldiers were forced to endure horrendous conditions in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Credit: Imperial War Museum

"A lot of them would bottle it up and never spoke about it. It affected different people in different ways.

"But certainly it had a massive, massive effect on East Anglia - disproportionate to any of the other fighting in the war."

– Taff Gillingham, Military historian
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