Campaigners march against council cuts in Manchester

Campaigners from Manchester Coalition Against Cuts Campaigners said councillors must support local services

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About 300 people have marched through Manchester to protest against planned cuts by the city council.

The council is considering more than 800 job losses and the closure of some swimming pools and libraries as it tries to save a further £80m from its budget by 2015.

Campaigners from Manchester Coalition Against Cuts said councillors must support local services.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said the budget cuts were "inescapable".

The authority has already had to save £170m between 2011 and 2013.

Protester Mark Krantz said: "They're not services that belong to the government, they're services that belong to us, the people of Manchester.

"We need them now more than ever and we're fighting to say we want to save services and stop job losses."

Under the proposed cuts, four swimming pools would close to "avoid high ongoing maintenance and running costs", though three new facilities will open as replacements by 2015.

Five libraries will be replaced with "outreach libraries or community book collections", while Levenshulme Library will be moved into the another building.

The council hopes to achieve the job cuts through voluntary severance and voluntary early retirement.

The budget is due to be decided on 8 March.

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