Almost 2,000 residents have taken part in a protest against Barnet Council's budget cuts.
6.02PM Sun Jan 30 2011
Hundreds of protestors took to the streets of north London today in a march against government cuts. Barnet residents say the council's planned cuts of nearly 55 million pounds over the next three years will have a devastating impact on the area.
By: Carolyn Sim
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“Hundreds of residents and activists march through Finchley in protests at planned cuts”
HUNDREDS of angry protesters have taken to the streets of Finchley in a mass rally against planned cuts to local and national services.
Around 600 people joined a protest march organised by Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS) from Finchley Central Tube station to the artsdepot, which faces losing its grant form Barnet Council.
“Leading TUC member and Tariq Ali address crowds at arts depot in North Finchley”
IMPASSIONED speeches from a leading Trade Unionist and left-wing thinker Tariq Ali have received a rapturous welcome at a rally against planned cuts in Barnet.
Hundreds of people have packed into the auditorium at artsdepot, North Finchley, to hear music from 60s favourites The Foundations and local bands, as well as the speakers.
Today's events have been organised by the Barnet Alliance for Public Services to raise awareness for organisations and groups facing funding cuts.
Frances O'Grady, deputy secretary general of the Trades Union Council (TUC) described Barnet as the “test bed for privatisation” .
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“Barnet Voice leader tells rally cuts will make service provision 'dog eat dog'”
Robert Johnson, of Barnet Voice, made the comments while speaking to a rally of people upset with plans to cut public sector services in Barnet at the artsdepot this afternoon.
He told the assembly his group, a grass-roots mental health organisation, faced a 33 per cent drop in funding and an “uncertain future” helping people in the borough.
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