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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra hit in £600,000 cuts

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's council funding is set to be cut as savings of £600,000 are planned.

Grants to the orchestra and the Lighthouse arts centre will be reduced by Poole council.

But the authority said there were no plans to reduce spending on libraries, the town's Citizens Advice Bureau or Poole Council for Voluntary Service.

The proposals are parts of plans to cut £595,000 from the existing £7.6m budget for community and voluntary services.

Included as part of the budget is an £88,000 investment to assist victims of anti-social behaviour and domestic violence, the council said.

'Immense pressures'

The authority has already announced up to 200 jobs are set to go as it tries to make savings of at least £29m over the next three years.

A spokesman said the council was facing a 14% cut in its government settlement but the cuts to community and voluntary services would only mean a reduction in that area of 7%.

Councillor Elaine Atkinson, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, said: "We are facing immense pressures on council budgets.

"We are aiming to focus our support towards the most vulnerable members of our community while still managing to retain funding for other areas such as the arts, which some councils have been forced to cut altogether.

"In particular, we appreciate the vital community role performed by our libraries."

The plans will form part of the overall budget proposals going before full council in February.

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