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SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS WILL HIT YOUNG ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE
 

Star date: 8th January 2014

POOR FAMILIES, LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN, YOUTH AND LOTS MORE TO SUFFER SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS

More detail has emerged about the £24.5million cuts announced by Salford Council yesterday. And, as the outline budget figures indicated, it is the most vulnerable people in Salford who are set to suffer…the very old and very young…those with mental health problems, learning difficulties, welfare rights issues…those who need support and help more than anyone else in the city.

More details here…


If you're in poverty, are young, frail, ill or old Salford Council's £24.5million cuts are coming for you.

While we still only have headline figures with sketchy detail, the headings of the slashed budgets alone are enough to signal alarm bells for the city's most vulnerable people.

SLASH! £375,000 from the closure of a children's home; £1.08million from Helping Families service; £400,000 from Starting Life Well service; £1.4million from Early Intervention and Prevention service; £100,000 from Education Support for Looked After Children; £400,000 from shutting short term respite care at The Grange…

SLASH! £400,000 from Adult Care Support to people with learning difficulties; £476,000 from Care On Call; £781,000 from Supporting People; £676,000 from voluntary sector organisations supporting vulnerable adults; £200,000 from equipment provision for vulnerable adults; £214,000 from Mental Health Support

SLASH! £700,000 from Youth Services; £233,000 from Welfare Rights and Debt Advice; £215,000 from Domestic Abuse service; £1million from Skills and Work; £100,000 from Connexions; £207,000 from MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Service); £50,000 from Salford Children's Holiday Camp and £13,000 from Lledr Hall; £50,000 from Child Protection

While most of the headings are in councilese, over the next few month the full impact on communities will become a lot clearer.

Other general cuts include…

SLASH! £100,000 from MediaCityUK Community Engagement Programme – signalling the end of any pretence to get Salford people jobs at the BBC etc; there's a £2million `payment restructure' for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (not a cut in the total amount); there's £40,000 from cutting the Tourist Information Centre at The Lowry and £200,000 from the Lowry; £30,000 from the Ceremonial Mayor's budget; £98,000 from marketing and communications; £54,000 off events; £144,000 from Democratic Services (Assistant Mayors etc), £465,000 from the Highways Maintenance budget and a whopping £796,000 from Administration Services. The equivalent of 300 jobs will also be axed and £634,000 from Salford Community Leisure budgets.

Altogether the cuts amount to £24.5million – mainly aimed at those who need help the most in society.

Indeed, Mayor Ian Stewart is always going on about `difficult choices'Salford people need to be asking what the Council is actually spending its budgets on as well as what it is cutting. Is The Crescent Bridge still being built? Is The Landing at MediaCityUK still getting extortionate subsidies? Has the Chapel Street tart-up been cut? Are Peel Holdings projects still getting huge loans and grants?

If Salford Mayor Ian Stewart is cutting services for the vulnerable while continuing with prestige projects people need to know…

See also previous article on the £24.5million Cuts – click here

UPDATE: 8th January

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

Susan daly wrote
at 09:43:28 on 14 January 2014
Million from children's centres can only mean job cuts and centres closing cutting centres to 4 how will that work across salford disgusting
 
Kenneth Mckelvey wrote
at 17:47:48 on 13 January 2014
1 Councillor per ward sounds about right Dave or run it ratio to Sackings at the bottom of council with sacking at the top the problem their are deptartments in council that should be sacrosanct Care Nurses/ medical people etc.
 
kenmckelvey wrote
at 11:54:13 on 13 January 2014
Is this why Salfords New Labour Tory Council is sitting on the fence regarding Fracking/ This Pathetic Government is preparing to give money to the Councils that allow the Tax Dodging Frackers To Frack with no hindrance / So that means once again the Tax Payers have to fund an enterprise for the Benifit of the Dodgers While Salford Council sits on the fence?
 
kenmckelvey224 wrote
at 11:53:58 on 13 January 2014
To wrote /Have you gave a thought why The Nordic Country's Do not have to be subsevent to the Banks of Wall $t or the City Spivs in london/ Sweden is now closing a lot of its prisons No Inmates fact
 
David Cameron wrote
at 11:53:29 on 13 January 2014
One councillor per ward, this would save a small fortune.
 
wrote
at 19:32:33 on 12 January 2014
Just had a letter to say my mums day centre will close end of Feb....which s such a shame and she feels safe and enjoys the wonderful care being given by the wonderful staff.....yes they can go to Humphrey booth but they dont want to..it is large,,,noisy....etc etc the Ian stewart needs to look at his own entorage and make much larger cuts to his own staff starting with himself.....disgraceful......
 
Protest wrote
at 16:02:01 on 12 January 2014
Please join us in our protest this Wednesday at the Civic 8am!
 
wrote
at 16:01:56 on 12 January 2014
WHY ARE WE SO SURPRISED AT THIS COUNCILS ATTITUDE TO THE ''HAVENOTS''AND NEEDY,AFTERALL,THEY ARE NO LONGER A SOCIALIST PARTY,BUT AN ERSATZ TORY PARTY,UNDER THE BANNER OF ''NEW LABOUR'UNFORTUNATELY ALL PARTIES ARE SUBSERVIANT TO INTERNATIONL BIG BUSINESS,AND HAVE TO BEND TO THEIR REQUIREMENTS AT THE EXPENSE OF US PLEBS
 
wrote
at 16:01:34 on 12 January 2014
I don't know what everyone is going on about the Tories Salford council is labour run isn't it?
 
Kenneth Mckelvey wrote
at 16:32:54 on 09 January 2014
I never thought I would see a Salford Council Attack the weakest and poorest/ oldest and youngest in our communities/ At the expense of the well heeled and Tax Dodgers/ Even after the War when the UK was on its Arse it managed to provide for the poorest in the community vie free school meals /The holiday camp in wales/ It was a leader in the demolition of the Slums / New Schools / Even a Sunshine School in Greengate for children who had suffered Physicaly through the Shortages of the War / Now we seem to have lost what Labour stood for Where has the Honesty) Decency) Integrecy) gone?
 
Do they Care wrote
at 16:29:42 on 08 January 2014
Maybe the alternative of "sending in the commissioners to run the council" is a better idea? We may get to see a true figure of what is occurring and what funds the council are hoarding. They may also sell all the land banked by this council over the past ten years too.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 16:29:12 on 08 January 2014
I've just read this - just who the heck are the council trying to kid? I'm just a humble citizen who's family just happens to pay council tax in this city, but if upon reading the article the list of cuts are correct - the prestige (or "Look at me!") projects seem to have survived without much of a scratch compared to the bread and butter of day to day services. Bridges for a now Private institution (Yes, the University isn't Public - It charges Fees on its courses - Its a blooming huge private business on the banks of the irwell)? couldn't they afford it themselves? The paper bottomed promises at Mediacity are also looking pretty thin - though i'm willing to wait to see what fruit has been produced in training positions for that academy that's landed by my door ...And as for the City of Salford stadium - i'd be calling for the auditor to be called in - interest free loans signed off by someone who now works for the tenants (or should that now be owners?) - I Love Rugby, but our council has really overstepped its authority with that project (the appointment of a council exec supposedly leaving to look after a "family business" after he's bankrolled the stadium tenants, for example) - if he knows anywhere that offers loans at 0% - i'd be interested in that offer (sic). Now they've bumped up their own pay packets with "Mayor" titles - its time they showed what the heck they're putting the peoples money into.
 
wrote
at 16:28:02 on 08 January 2014
slashed from a budget of what? what is the budget and what its being reduced by would give a more sensiblee view. It is for instance £400k from a budget of £30m?
 
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