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OXFORD PROTESTS AS COUNTY SITS TO SET£25M CUTS BUDGET

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More than 1,000 protesters have gathered outside county hall in Oxford this morning to lobby Oxfordshire county cou...
More than 1,000 protesters have gathered outside county hall in Oxford this morning to lobby Oxfordshire county councillors meeting to set the budget, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Parents and teachers are protesting against the council's plans to cut £12m from education as part of a £25m savings package.

Teaching unions in the county have called a half day strike today.

Roy Leach, county branch secretary of the National Union of Teachers told the programme 400 full time teaching posts could go.

The council should refuse to make the cuts and set an illegal budget if necessary, Mr Leach said.

National protests against education cuts could become 'the biggest civil disobedience campaign since the poll tax', he said.

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