Campaigners against budget cuts to march on Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council are making budget cuts which affect the county's children centres
Oxfordshire County Council are making budget cuts which affect the county's children centres

A march against Oxon County Council spending cuts is taking place on February 13 in Oxford.

The Love Oxfordshire march has been organised by Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres and trade union branches and has been supported by the county’s Green party.

It will start at 11am at the Clarendon Building in Broad Street and will be going to Bonn Square.

David Williams, leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council said: “The cuts proposed by the county council, and imposed by the government, are having a serious impact upon the poorest and most vulnerable people in our county.

“Homeless people are now under threat of being put on to the streets; elderly and young vulnerable people face being marooned in their homes without the daily support they need as social services are cut back.

“Oxfordshire County Council aren’t just taking our children’s centres and early intervention hubs.

“They are also taking our rural bus services, as a result of cutting subsidies, our elderly day care centres, our services to support carers, our homeless support facilities and our HIV care and prevention services.

“The UK is a rich country with a perverse taxation system which takes more from the poorest fifth as a proportion of their income than the top fifth.

“Poor and middle income households paying a variety of taxes are in fact subsidising the richest.

“Our government needs to increase a diverse range of taxes to ensure that public services are improved and that those with the greatest ability to pay do so.”