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Anti-cuts rally in Manchester

Demo in Manchester Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS Entertainment

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to march through the streets of Manchester today following recent council budget cuts.

Last month Town Hall bosses proposed cutting more than 800 jobs in a bid to address a funding gap of £80m. Cuts of £170m are already due to be made between 2011 and 2013.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Manchester has again been one of the places hit the hardest by the government's financial settlement.

"It is inescapable that the funding gap we have been left with, coming as it does on top of the severe budget reductions imposed on us in the previous two years, means the Council has to make very real cuts and at the same time make fundamental changes to the way it operates."

There has also been a number of rallys in the city over the decision to close a number of council funded services like Levenshulme baths and library.

Today a number of organisations will gather to march on the Town Hall starting at 12:30pm on Oxford road. The event organised by Manchester Coalition Against Cuts. Supported by Manchester City Council Unite Branch; Salford and Manchester NUJ; Manchester Trades Council; Salford Against the Cuts. Save Levy Baths and Library Campaigns.

*A spokesperson from Unite said: *‘Our union Unite will be marching in defiance of the large- scale programme of cuts to jobs, services and our communities and we dont want to be part of that legacy. Cuts affect real people and lives and services when gone are gone for ever.’

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