Protests against council tax rise and cuts in Durham

Anti-austerity protesters rallied outside Durham County Council as the authority met to vote on its budget for the 2014-15 financial year.

The budget includes £23m of savings and a council tax rise of 1.99%.

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Council leader responds to cuts protest

"The Government sets the general direction on spending and has been very clear since 2010 that they would make large public sector funding cuts.

They set the level of funding that we receive and we have to operate within our budget. If we didn’t, it would not be a legal budget and decision-making would be taken away from local people and their elected representatives.

The majority of savings we are making this year are coming from back office functions and we continue to try to safeguard frontline services as much as possible.”

– Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council

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