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On Wednesday evening, October 20th, around 200 trade unionists, students and community activists gathered on the steps of the Council House in Coventry in protest at the national and local cuts. Tory Chancellor Osborne’s announcement of the cuts package was a few hours old, but the previous day Coventry City Council had announced that it would cut £146 million over the next four years from a present budget of £809m. This would have represented a cut of 18% but with the knock on effects of higher benefits and lower council receipts the cuts will be far higher.