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Portsmouth budget protest
Campaigners angry at plans by Portsmouth Council to cut thousands of pounds from a service for domestic abuse victims have held a protest outside a crunch budget meeting.
Domestic abuse protestors interrupt Portsmouth budget meeting
A key Portsmouth City Council meeting on budget cuts had to be temporarily stopped because of protests.
Demonstrators against proposed council cuts to domestic violence services in Portsmouth let off confetti in the chamber and chanted until they were removed.
The council has to find £11m of savings this year - and had proposed cutting funding to domestic abuse services by £130k. Today councillors announced that funding would be found to continue the service for this year at least.
A local tax rise of the maximum 3.99% for the next four years is also being proposed, as are cuts to the fire service.
Watch Sam Holder explain in a live report from outside Portsmouth Guildhall:
Protest on steps of City Hall
Women fearing budget cuts protest on city hall steps head of crunch meeting.
The city council has already made £74.4m of savings over the last five years. But city hall bosses needs to save at least another £31m over the three financial years from April 2016.
The £31m will have to come out of the £207m of spending under the council's control. Almost half of the £207m is spent on looking after vulnerable adults and children.
Protesters make point on steps of city hall
Protesters made their point to councillors outside a city hall budget meeting this afternoon in Portsmouth. The council needs to save £11 million this year. And £35 million over the next four years. A hundred council jobs could go, and council tax looks set to shoot up by its maximum 3.99 %