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SALFORD COUNCIL £24.5MILLION DEVASTATING CUTS ANNOUNCED
 

Star date: 7th January 2014

£5.6 MILLION CUT FROM CHILDREN'S SERVICES… £4.7MILLION CUT FROM ADULT SERVICES… "DEVASTATING" SAYS UNISON

Children's Services and Adult Services - with budgets axed by a total £10.3million - are taking the brunt of Salford Council's £24.5million cuts for the 2014-15 financial year. Also going is a children's home, the Tourist Information Centre at The Lowry and budgets for helping the most vulnerable people in the city.

Salford City UNISON has declared the cuts "devastating", adding that "we cannot and will not rule out any action in opposition to these cuts".

Full details here…


While the specifics of Salford Council's £24.5million cuts haven't been spelled out, Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, today announced that, in outline, up to 300 Council jobs will be axed, with a £5.6million cut to Children's Services (including slashing £1million from the Helping Families budget), £4.7million from Adult Services, £2.8million from the Regeneration Department, £4.8million from Customer Services and Administration, and £4.2million from Environment, Community Safety and Leisure.

As predicted by Mystic Mary Burns (see here and see here), the Tourist Information Centre at the Lowry will be closed, while the Council will stop funding music and performing arts in the city's schools and close a children's home.

Also slashed are the Salford Discretionary Support Scheme (which provides financial help to the neediest local people) and the Public Health programme, while budgets to road maintenance and shrub cutting are also decimated. 

In a message to Council staff members of Salford City UNISON, branch secretary Steven North called the cuts "devastating" and explained "It is clear yet again that hard-working staff and vulnerable citizens are going to suffer greatly if they are passed".

"We have not yet been shown any more detail of what the cuts will mean…As such we do not know at this stage which services will suffer and in what ways or where the 300 jobs are intended to come from" he added "The threat here is one of job losses resulting from service reductions and closures.

"The Council needs to release specific details as soon as possible" he urged "Staff and the public need to have the right to question and indeed challenge the details of any proposals before the Council budget is set on 26th February."

While Mayor Ian Stewart's response to the ConDem Government's forced cuts is to have a "meeting with the city's three MPs next week, to plan an all-party delegation to Parliament to demand a fairer deal for Salford", UNISON is demanding that "the Mayor and other Salford politicians do more than send delegations to Parliament…"

"If they are serious about stopping this and acting as the leaders they are supposed to be then they need to be pulling representatives from councils across the country together and organising action to genuinely challenge the Government" UNSON added "Words are no longer enough."

The message to Council staff concluded…

"We are a democratic branch and whatever we do will be determined by our members, but at this stage we cannot and will not rule out any action in opposition to these cuts..."

More details on the Salford Council cuts - click here

Salford Council to appoint a new £150,000 Fat Cat - click here

 

 

 

Michael Felse wrote
at 18:51:21 on 11 January 2014
Excellent to see our Mayor take the first step in getting all the MPs on board. I am sure Mayor Ian very much cares about the needs of all vulnerable people. Instead of attacking a Council that surely hates cutting funding we must help in this problem solving, like encourage volunteers to make an effort to help local neighbours placed at risk by sad cuts.
 
Worried for Salford. wrote
at 08:13:53 on 09 January 2014
How can the mayor Ian Stewart sleep at night? Cutting early intervention and prevention services to the most vulnerable residents of salford, such as people with mental health issues and learning difficulties etc. When in the long run, it will cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in evictions, rent arrears (when benefit are stopped due to reforms and vulnerable residents either not being able to read or understand letters) increased hospitals admissions, prisons, police costs, increased pressure on social services, food banks etc. Only providing "critical" care when the sh*t hits the fan! What's it going to take? A death / suicide, serious case review? On your head be it Mr Mayor.
 
not happy wrote
at 16:29:04 on 08 January 2014
Helping our vulnerable residents to minimise the effect of the economic downturn and build happy, healthy lives. We believe it is important to stand up for our most vulnerable people, while also encouraging them to overcome barriers they may face to leading happier and healthier lives with help and support. This is just a bit of a reminder of what the mayor said he was going to do, has he done it no, how can he make happy healthy lives with all the cuts he is doing, the Mayor and all the labour councilors want to wake up to the peoples needs in Salford and stop being puppets to a coalition Government who defiantly haven’t got the understanding about the needs of the vulnerable and needy, lets see where the people of Salford could make some cuts, Peter Conner #23,091, Bill Hinds #23,091, David Lancaster, #24,717, John Merry, #38,265, Joseph Murphy, #23,091 and many more on these kind of (Expenses) not bad for people who make cuts in children and adult services Oops Sorry forgot the Mayor #65,000 plus
 
KennethMckelvey wrote
at 16:28:39 on 08 January 2014
The EPA staff and the university of Texas researchersfound the levels of Arsenic in drinking water was nearly 18 Times the normal amount after Fracking do people think after that evidence that FRACKING is worth while And the protesters are fools / What more evidence is needed No wonder France and Germany don't want to know it they care about their country's our politicians think just about profits
 
Ted Lowe wrote
at 16:28:24 on 08 January 2014
Mass refusal to pay the extortionate council tax is the only way to fight the council parasites.
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 16:28:10 on 08 January 2014
The Council can hardly expect any sympathy off Salfords council Tax payers When you look at all the charges for services that in some Areas of the City are none existent / Street Cleaners / Litter Wardens/ Dog Wardens/ etc / Also the Mega waged Fat Cats/ And The number of Councillors / The Lord Mayors Entourage / The Private Houseing sector with the so called Non profit making Housing with managers on 100k +/ Low and no interest loans / Why do we give the Iffy Peel Holdings millions of pounds/ The Orchestra/ Lowry Centre/ all in the same pot/ The Councillors must takes a million pounds out of the kitty for their wages or expences which ever you want to call it /Sorry but the City's finances want cutting at the top not the torys way of punishing those at the bottom
 
Lorraine B wrote
at 06:51:55 on 08 January 2014
Council tax is considered 'legal', a new word, but it is 'unlawful' under common law. If you go online to the British Constitutional Party you will learn of the people who are successfully challenging the LAWFULNESS of council taxes, tv licences, etc., and how to lawfully not have to pay.
 
common sense approach wrote
at 06:51:52 on 08 January 2014
perhaps if SCC called in some of their "markers"? for example the £26m interest free loan to the rugby club? or perhaps cut funding for unnecessary luxuries like, say, proms in the park?
 
Devid Cameron wrote
at 06:51:48 on 08 January 2014
£3 million a year, philharmonic, £22 million salford reds stadium and they make the cuts where, is Ian Stewart and salford labour having a laugh, don't blame the condems for these cuts , just look at how salford labour council spend your council tax money, time to call in the above debts first, before closing vital services. To poppy it's a political game salford labour are playing and were going to be the casualties in there game, unless we wake up and smell the coffee.
 
Poppy wrote
at 20:07:45 on 07 January 2014
Should the council be announcing this today, especially with the Mayor making the statement he has on the council website? I did think that they were not supposed to say anything which may influence how people vote during a by-election!
 
Scott cooper wrote
at 20:07:40 on 07 January 2014
And during all these cuts Ian Stuart and all his are lacking staff are laughing with their huge salaries. I'm thinking what are we paying our council tax for.
 
wrote
at 18:53:43 on 07 January 2014
these uncaring fuckers on the council need taking to task over there attitude towards the needy and vunerable they keep blaming the coalition goverment and this is correct but there decisions always affect needy people what sort of a labour party is that there nothing but a bunch of tossers
 
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