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Star date: 26th February 2013

Protest Against Salford Council Cuts
Wednesday 27th February
8-9am Civic Centre, Swinton

PROTEST LOOMS FOR SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS MEETING

Tomorrow, Salford Council is expected to pass a budget containing over £23million of cuts that even City Mayor Ian Stewart calls "horrendous".

Both public sector trade unions and Salford Against The Cuts have called a protest outside Swinton Civic Centre for very early morning, urging as many people as possible to turn up and show their opposition.

Full details here…


Back in January, when the full scale of cuts in Salford were announced by City Mayor Ian Stewart (see here), he admitted that vulnerable people would be hit hardest…

"The largest and most horrendous cuts will affect those who most need the services" he said "We could not completely mitigate against cuts to vulnerable people even though we wanted to…"

At the time, Stewart blamed the "impact of Government cuts" but added that he would "stand the criticism that we have made an error of judgement in a particular aspect…"

The `error of judgement' appears to be in the overall budget direction that veers towards privatisation and cuts for social care services, while prestige projects like MediaCityUK, Chapel Street and Greengate don't appear to have had a penny chopped off their budget (apart from Media City transport subsidies which were to go anyway). Meanwhile, Council Fat Cats will get a mere pay freeze rather than a wage cut.

Ian Stewart made a big play in January, arguing that many Council projects which were getting criticised were funded from the `capital' funding budget ((buildings and stuff: MediaCityUK, Greengate, Chapel Street, Port Salford etc), rather than the `revenue' funding (people) budget.

But the budget report that councillors are expected to approve tomorrow states that the £120million of `unsupported' borrowing that has been spent, and will be spent, on these `capital' projects "needs to be funded from the revenue budget"…in other words, the budget used to pay for public services, like caring for vulnerable people.

The budget, containing over £23million of cuts that are expected to be approved by Labour councillors tomorrow, includes a £6million cut to Children's Services, which will lead to "some reduction in support for vulnerable children aged 0-5"; a £7.8million cut to Community, Health and Social Care, which will see only those old and sick people with `substantial and critical' needs being given support, the privatisation of social care services, and the most vulnerable being reliant on "technology rather than people, with some concern and anxiety about this approach".

Meanwhile, "many specialist services such as mental health services, supported accommodation, day services, welfare rights and debt advice will need to be delivered in different ways..." ie cheaper and nastier (more of this in a separate feature).

The report concludes that "Overall, self help, community resilience and integrated approaches with partners will be necessary to mitigate against the impact of such significant reductions" ie Dickensian-style Do-It-Yourself social care.

Untouched financially, is the £3million sponsorship of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, £4million on Swinton `Gateway', £2million on unspecified MediaCityUK projects; £250,000 on Peel Holdings' Bridgewater Canal; £22,000 on landing `pontoons' for Water Taxis; £300,000 on the urban `pea farm'; £250,000 on some stairs leading to the Bijou Club; £200,000 on the Irwell River Park plus £thousands of extra costs for the messed up Pendleton PFI project.

In January, Ian Stewart said he would "stand the criticism that we have made an error of judgement in a particular aspect…"

Salford Against The Cuts and public sector trade unions are calling on Salford people tomorrow morning to tell City Mayor Ian Stewart and his councillor colleagues exactly what they think of Salford Council's budget…
 
Protest Against Salford Council Cuts
Wednesday 27th February
8-9am Civic Centre, Swinton

See previous article on last night's Salford City UNISON lobby of councillors – click here
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john barton wrote
at 16:03:05 on 27 February 2013
horrified at the cuts but he is still part of the liars they call the council who have just raised rents above the rate of infaltion
 
Rob wrote
at 16:02:44 on 27 February 2013
Salford Council are penises.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 16:02:26 on 27 February 2013
I am glad I did not vote Labour in Salford but look at what those who did have caused. The Labour voters created this Cuts Council so who do we blame? YES!
 
not happy wrote
at 16:02:16 on 27 February 2013
It’s good to see the protesters out side the civic hall but they could do with a lot more lobbying of the Salford Council on Wednesday I don’t think a lot of the general public knows how much money the Mayor and all his hangers on get, its all write for them they are not taking a cut in there (EXPENCES) but its all write for them to stand in judgment on the council workers, the support workers. The old, needy, and vulnerable, that need the help in the community. (It would be a different story if Peel Holdings or Media City needed something). Is it a Labour Council we’ve got or hit squad for the CON/LIB, government because all they seem to be doing is saying yes Prime Ministers we’ll make the cuts for you because we don’t give shit about the people of Salford,
 
salford pimpernel wrote
at 06:50:31 on 27 February 2013
one councillor per ward, not as now three. my three councillor are useless, still reading this councillor Murphy like to answer the questions from a couple of months back, or are you still filling in your expenses form.
 
norman pettigrew wrote
at 22:12:42 on 26 February 2013
Cut the amount of managers Cut the Bosses pay Cut the mayors pay Sell Salford City Reds Stadium
 
Dave wrote
at 22:12:36 on 26 February 2013
@wrote, very true to those in Salford Labour it is all a political game. People associate themselves with a political party through their wealth or lack of. Fact is poor people vote Labour and the rich vote Tory, those inbetween are generally floating voters and on a national basis due to the numbers of the above throughout the country this means either of these two parties can win control in a general election. In Salford the poor far outweigh the rich and the middle ground so naturally you will always get a Labour council, and it will be like that unless the people of Salford became wealthier and become middle ground floating voters. And there in it lies the tactic of this council, if the Labour council keep the people of Salford poor by cutting services, those services that would improve their lives and subsequently increase their wealth through employment and better health, then, yep that's right they keep voting Labour. So if you cut wages, increase rents, pass on the bedroom tax, reduce council tax benefit, rip apart the welfare advise service, cut mental health services, etc etc......see a pattern? It's all designed to keep the poor, poor.
 
Cllr Iain Lindley wrote
at 22:10:19 on 26 February 2013
You may find our alternative budget slightly more to your taste, Stephen. We're proposing to look at some of the areas you've mentioned to put money back into children's services and adult social care. We also think there's money to be saved at the centre, including reducing the number of assistant mayors and reducing the size of the press office.
 
wrote
at 18:43:53 on 26 February 2013
I asked Mr Stewart about cutting project's like the philharmonic, Salford reds, Lowry, chief ex pay, didn't give a damn, but the above wont make people hate this government, which is the whole point of cutting vital services, it's to help the labour party get re-elected at the next general election and to hell with the poorest in Salford, it's Stewart and Labour playing politics with the most vulnerable in our society. the fight is with this labour council and not the government, it's labour that are imposing these cuts, for political gain
 
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