Unions protest against culture cuts
Civil servants will stage a "love-in" today as part of a campaign to save cultural assets from the Government's cuts in public spending.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union, dressed up as Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg will share a bed in London's Trafalgar Square, while the public will be asked to fill in postcards saying why they love public services.
The protest will be held under a banner reading: Don't Go Breaking My Art, and will highlight a cut in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's budget which the union said will lead to a "drastic reduction" in support for cultural bodies, as well as job cuts.
The union argues that for every £1 the Government spends on culture, the UK economy gets back £2 and the British film industry alone contributes £1.2 billion a year to the exchequer.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Like other public services that people hold dear, our nation's cultural heritage is under threat from the biggest spending cuts in living memory.
"We believe there is an alternative to these cuts and that the government should be investing in our public services to help our economy to grow and ensure art and culture does not once again become the preserve of a privileged elite."
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