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SALFORD COMMUNITY GETS HAMMERED IN COUNCIL CUTS
 

Star date: 1st February 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

400 JOBS TO GO…HOME CARE AND DAY SERVICES SLASHED… WELFARE ADVICE CHOPPED…£2 MILLION AXED FROM CHILDREN'S SERVICES…£1MILLION FROM YOUTH SERVICES…COMMUNITY RECREATION FACILITIES FLEECED…BUT PEEL HOLDINGS PORT GETS £15MILLION!

While Salford Council has been making great play that it is cutting £1million off its fat cat budget, behind the smokescreen a further £23million is being axed from other budgets that will hit Salford's most vulnerable people.

Make no mistake, while Salford's prestige projects are hardly touched, and Peel Holdings gets a £15million Council handout for Port Salford, the community is being forced to pay – yet again!

Full story here…


Salford City Council's proposals for its new budget will see £24.8million in cuts during 2012/13, as part of an eye watering total of £94million of cuts between 2011 and 2014/15, forced by the ConDem Government.

In mid February, Salford Council's councillors will be asked to approve massive cuts to front line services for some of the city's most vulnerable people which, according to latest Salford Council statements will include…

• £567,000 cut to intensive and intermediate home care support. These cuts include thirty jobs for home care support workers who help people to get back on their feet after operations, or those who are terminally ill, or who have had problems with childbirth. The Council is partially privatising the service.

• £876,000 cut to Day Care Services within two years which will see the service slashed at Humphrey Booth in Ordsall, Craig Hall in Irlam and possibly St George's in Charlestown. The campaign to save them is already in full swing (see here).

• £396,000 cut to Salford Council's Welfare Rights and Debt Advice service this year, just when people need it most.

• £1,903,000 cut to Adult Social Care via `personalisation' which few vulnerable people actually understand.

• £201,000 cut to help for carers within the next two years.

• £990,000 cut to Youth Services, or `new integrated service' as the Council likes to put it. More riots anyone?

• £2,610,000 axed in total this year from Children's Service including the Youth service, SEN statement staff and Schools Music Services.

• £380,000 cut to community and recreation facilities budget, while the Parks For People strategy totalling almost £1million for improvements to Kersal Dale, Clowes Park, Buile Hill Park, Albert Park and more has been torn up.

Altogether a total of 400 Salford Council jobs are being lost, 230 more than was originally envisaged. On top of 40 vacant posts that won't be filled, the Council is hoping for 360 voluntary redundancies – so far, according to a Salford Council report being discussed today, "in response to the invitation made to staff there have so far been around 250 expressions of interest, of which around 60 so far have turned into formal applications for voluntary early retirement, voluntary severance and other voluntary options."

Meanwhile, Salford Council is cutting £1million from its fat cat budget – for those earning above £50,000. So far, Deputy Chief Executive Kevin Brady (£120,000+ in salary) has been farmed out to AGMA (Assoc of Greater Manchester Councils) being taking voluntary retirement next year.

Prestige capital projects around MediaCityUK and Central Salford are getting cuts of just under £1million, although Salford Council is still borrowing £1.665million towards a total £1.915million spend on the projects. The MediaCityUK is also going to get a £300,000 cut to its revenue budget, although the £3million sponsorship of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra still goes ahead.

Peel Holdings, as usual, is the biggest winner in the budget, getting £30million in public handouts for it Port Salford project. £15million of this comes from a grant, while £15million comes direct from Salford Council (see here for further details).

However, while the mainstream media concentrates on `sexy' cuts to fat cats and big regen projects, it's the most vulnerable people in Salford who are going to feel the hardest cuts of all…

* If anyone knows of any Salford Council cuts affecting them directly please contact the Salford Star and we'll do further features info@salfordstar.com

 


 

Labour , my arse wrote
at 14:28:01 on 02 February 2012
Mr Bungle and his chums are a disgrace . What a spineless , spiteful , inept , arrogant , self-serving , thatcherite nest of parasites. This lot should be dragged away in chains and incarcerated for life for the damage they are wreaking on this rotton city of despair . Labour , my arse.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 09:26:12 on 02 February 2012
Nice to see that the Manchester Evening News has got this story from yesterday in its paper today as an "exclusive"...
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 09:24:20 on 02 February 2012
Has the council only got one credible business plan? You know - the one labelled "Peel Holdings"? I got the idea behind paying them and their cohort of companies to redevelop the docks. Granted. But in Normal Business Investment, Investors get paid a share of company profit. With the Quays, and more recently the BBC/Mediacity Development - it seems all the risk has been taken by the council (and indirectly by the ratepayer) whilst Peel takes all the profit - which given the majority of funds for the scheme came from the public purse - seems a little wrong IMHO...Yes Salford/Trafford get the council tax..but what do we end up doing with it? Handing it back to Peel for "Development" and please do not get me started on employment opps on the quays! When are we going to see some return for the people who live in this city?
 
Zooty Zoot wrote
at 20:57:40 on 01 February 2012
Thanks for some great reporting , Salford Star . We all need to organise and fight back against this disgraceful , immoral tyranny of the Town Hall Traitors . NEVER SURRENDER . We cannot let the vicious parasites get away with this .
 
Fred Hampton wrote
at 20:56:12 on 01 February 2012
I suspect that most of the "redundancies" amongst the senior management/executives will be "early retirement" plus redundancy money plus enhanced pension so they won't lose out at all, in fact they will be better off. At least they had to come in to the office and pretend to work, whereas now they will be just getting paid for staying home. Also, what chances a fair percentage of them will return to the workplace as overpaid "consultants" for imparting their bullsh*t expertise. I have seen this happen all too often.
 
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