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SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS PREDICTIONS FOR 2014
 

Star date: 2nd December 2013

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MYSTIC MARY PREDICTS COUNCIL CUTS FOR SALFORD STAR

The amazing Mystic Mary Burns has dropped by to predict Salford Council cuts for 2014-15. Her incredible psychic powers unveil the horror to come as £25million of cuts are imposed…

So come with us on a mystical journey of miserablism and then, to relieve the horror, play Mary's fun new game `I'm A Salford Assistant Mayor Get Me Out Of Here'…

Cross Mary's palm with your benefit cuts and all will be revealed…


I'm A Salford Assistant Mayor - Get Me Out Of Here
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Woooooooooooooooooo…

I, Mystic Mary Burns, have been up on Kersal Moor enticing the ghost of my boyf Friedrich Engels to show me the future for Salford. Looking into my crystal copy of The Conditions of the Working Class In England I predict a poor, wretched future for my city…

…A future where young, old, deaf and blind people are savaged, despite Mayor Ian Stewart saying he wouldn't hurt the vulnerable… A future where ordinary kids are barred from youth clubs… and I see a terrible and bloody cull of Assistant Mayors…

Woooooooooooooo… Come with me and see the awfulness that lies ahead in 2014 and 2015…

• I see a terrible future for anyone who needs help in Salford… to save £250,000 I see the decimation of help for young people who need housing, including kids coming out of care.

• To save around £500,000 I see the end of the Council's floating support service, which gives people assistance in applying for much needed benefits or with fighting eviction notices or accessing medical services in their home… I see another cut of £500,000 that will also end help for people living in sheltered accommodation…

• I see cuts to the Deafness Support Network and the end of deaf link and communicator workers who help people with sensory impairments to live independently. I also predict a cut to Henshaws support groups for the blind. I predict that deaf and blind people will be more isolated than ever.

• I see the decommissioning of the Salford Offender Service to save £102,000. This service helps home those leaving prison and will result in many becoming homeless.

• I see the banning of all young people in Salford going to a youth club, except those who are taken there by an agency. Kids who don't have problems will be barred…

• I see the closure of Salford Tourist Information. The Council has paid out almost £89,000 over the last three years in rent to The Lowry for the Tourist shop.

• And finally, for the time being, I predict the culling of five Assistant Mayors, who don't actually know they are to be culled. So, to lighten things up after the gloom, come join me and play my new reality show for the political jungle of Salford…

`I'M A SALFORD ASSISTANT MAYOR – GET ME OUT OF HERE!'

Yes, I predict that Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, will cull five of his 13 Assistant Mayors in the next round of cuts – although the Assistant Mayors in question don't know that the night of the long knives is about to dawn.

The Assistants get either £9,315, £11,402 or £13,011 on top of their basic councillor allowances of £10,080, depending on what category of Assistant Mayor they are. So who will be turfed out of the political jungle???


`I'M A SALFORD ASSISTANT MAYOR, GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!'

Paula Boshell – Assistant Mayor for Learning Skills and Employmentit could be y-o-o-o-u

Peter Connor – Assistant Mayor for Adult Services and Older Peopleit could be y-o-o-u

John Merry – Assistant Mayor for Children and Young Peopleit could be y-o-o-o-u…

Well I did hear that that Stewart told Merry to `shut up' in a recent meeting about The Grange. Plus the jobs of `Learning Skills and Employment', `Children and Young People' and `Adult and Older People' could all be shoved in together – just like they are doing at Granville with The Grange children with disabilities (see here). It could well be that only one of these three survives…

Paul Dennett – Assistant Mayor for Humanagement and Workplace Reformit could be y-o-o-o-u… No-one knows what the hell `Humanagement' is anyway, so it could be back from the land of made up jobs for you…

Stephen Coen – Assistant Mayor for International Relationsit could be y-o-o-o-u… A sign from the ancients says that his Totem Pole project is not being backed by senior colleagues…

Margaret Morris – Assistant Mayor for Health and Wellbeingit could be y-o-o-o-u…Huge budget, shocking health stats.

Gena Merrett – Assistant Mayor for Environment and Housing I hope it's y-o-o-o-u… No, seriously, I really do hope it's y-o-o-o-u, after your disgusting slurs against the Salford Star (see here). Your last official `Briefing' was in June – your meetings are now chucked in with `Strategic Planning', and Planning Assistant Mayor Derek Antrobus isn't going anywhere, so it could well be y-o-o-o-u…

Roger Jones – Assistant Mayor for Transport - it could be y-o-o-o-u…they might shove transport in with planning – and you already get a stash of £3,825 for sitting on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.

Anne- Marie Humphreys – Assistant Mayor for Culture it could be y-o-o-o-u… There's virtually no culture left in the city backed by the Council any more….

John Mullen – Assistant Mayor for Technology - it could be y-o-o-o-u…Have you actually Tweeted anything yet? Apart from a photo of an Elvis impersonator last June? #ontheball

Lisa Stone – Assistant Mayor for Communication and Community Engagement - it could be y-o-o-o-u… only overpaid spin doctors allowed in the new regime – it could well be y-o-o-o-u…

Bill Hinds, Assistant Mayor for Finance, and David Lancaster, overpaid (£44,850) Deputy Mayorit won't be you puppet masters – because it never is! 

So, I'm predicting five to go, eight to stay – who will they be? Join me for my next Mystic Mary psychic reading and we'll see what comes true…

dave fergison wrote
at 12:48:04 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2013
Over 80% Dont vote, Lets start doing and make a change !!
 
Sharon Leah wrote
at 11:25:54 PM on Monday, December 2, 2013
Cuts cuts cuts, why do we have to have a mayor who Doesnt make "Cuts" sorry I mean decisions and an Assistant who makes them for him. too many chiefs at the top seeing as it the festive season maybe the 12 disciples(counsellors) could be hung on the tree like baubles both are for show only arn't they. then money could be spent where its needed with the most vulnerable.
 
Garage Man wrote
at 1:24:25 PM on Monday, December 2, 2013
@White, you maybe onto something here there is no job in housing, let's see if Peter Connor who got moved from Housing to Adult services gets the push??? The position of "Housing" as you say should have gone when half the city got gave to shitty west and the other half went ALMO. Adult services will more or less not exist under Mr Mayor Stalwalts plans so will he look after Pete again or sack him????? Maybe a new position for Peter could be found? How about Assistant Mayor for shafting those in need? or Assistant Mayor for doing as he is told?????? Sod it lets just cut to the chasse and have an Assistant Mayor because he's been a Labour Cllr for a bit or a member of the Labour party for a few years?????
 
Annoyed anon wrote
at 1:24:22 PM on Monday, December 2, 2013
I feel very sorry for any workers in these services who've just read this and found out they're for the chop just 3 weeks before Christmas. The first commenter's point about never laughing so much - just nasty!
 
White wrote
at 10:12:32 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013
Could one of them be Gena Merrett - Assistant Mayor for Environment and Housing. I have long been puzzled by the fact that although housing in Salford is managed at ‘arms-length’ [Salford council’s own description] there is still a highly paid Assistant mayor with responsibility for housing. Surely she should be on half-pay or even done away with. I do hope that if Ms. Merrett reads this, she won’t respond by saying nasty things about me.
 
Not so mystic Pete wrote
at 10:12:27 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013
Council culling a few from the top! Must be some council elections next May?
 
alan tunnacliffe wrote
at 10:12:20 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013
ive always been told wait long enough and things will come back to bite them on the bum well its not took to long has it brilliant
 
alan tunnacliffe wrote
at 10:11:35 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013
can i suggest mr merry mr lancaster go. after that i aint bothered. oh just a thought can we count the mayor as three and get him pissed off as well i cant wait ha ha
 
margaret tunnacliffe wrote
at 4:15:21 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013
Well now his decision over the Grange has been made and he had all the backing from all the 13 Assistant Mayor's he know longer needs them on side now.So John Merry could be one especially after been told to shut up.Watch this space.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 4:15:16 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013
Oh Steve how to take the piss without trying,i have never laughed so much. I hope Megs on the ball because if these freeloaders get the chop we may see people living on a littele less and having some clue what life is like outside the Coffee lounge at the council.Its a real shame Stewart will not be hit in the pocket...
 
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