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SALFORD GETS LOWEST GOVERNMENT CUT IN GREATER MANCHESTER
 

Star date: 20th December 2012

1% CUT IN SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDING FROM ERIC PICKLES

Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, announced that Salford City Council is to get a 1% cut in its funding for 2013/14 – the lowest in Greater Manchester, which averaged around 2%.

The ConDem Government cut still represents around £2.5million wiped off next year's budget, on top of £38million that will be slashed over the next two financial years 2013-2015, and at a time when, with recession and the forthcoming universal credits, public services are needed more than ever…

Full details here…


Today, Salford Council's Corporate Issues Scrutiny Committee will be meeting in secret to discuss Budget Proposals for the coming financial year.

On top of £6million cuts that have already been identified and announced for 2013/14, a Salford Council financial report has stated that "at least £38m new savings will be required for the next two financial years…"

It's against this background that the ConDem Government's Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, announced a further 1% cut, or around £2.5million, as part of his "fair funding deal" yesterday that will see Salford given £2,406 spending per `dwelling' for next year. The avearge cut in Greater Manchester is around 2%.

Meanwhile, after today, Salford Council is expected to cut funding for day care centres, the youth service, Council pay for those earning over £21,000 and possibly services for disabled people.

Eric Pickles has also issued a list of `50 Ways To Save' for local councils which includes `reducing senior pay and posts', `hire out the town hall', `cut spending on consultants' and `using transparency to cut waste'.

"Councils must keep doing their bit to tackle the inherited budget deficit because they account for a quarter of all public spending and still get through over £114 billion of taxpayers money each year" says Pickles

"Today's announcement is a fair funding deal that will reward councils ready to strive for their communities and gives them another year to get their house in order" he adds "Councils that put their thinking caps on now can save precious taxpayer pennies next year by cutting out waste and transforming frontline services that vulnerable people rely on."

`Transforming frontline services that vulnerable people rely on'? For `transforming' read `cut'. Will Salford Council go along with this? Watch this space…

* As part of Eric Pickles' `fair funding deal' GreaterManchester Fire Service also received a whopping cut of 4.8%

salford pimpernel wrote
at 17:32:12 on 20 December 2012
we can charge brain dead councillors £100 a time for coming up with brain dead idea's, reds stadium, pea's etc, that could raise a couple a million a year.
 
Flapjack Charlie wrote
at 10:38:14 on 20 December 2012
Cut council pay for those earning over £21,000 . Lets have the salaries of Spicer , Stewart , Merry , Biffo , and the rest of the clueless clowns reduced to £21,000. They are still overpaid , and are worth far less . In fact , worth nothing and unemployable in the real world of work , the private sector . Or , even better , lets just rid this city of these taxpayer-robbing parasites .
 
Sammy wrote
at 09:55:18 on 20 December 2012
So £2million to be cut from Salford next year, come on lets have some ideas everyone how can the clowncil save £2million. Forget about the loans to Wilko & co that money has gone never to be seen by the taxpayer again. I start with get rid of Spicer, that's only £1.8m we need to save now.
 
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