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SALFORD COUNCIL FACES £33.5 MILLION CUTS
 

Star date: 13th December 2010
9:30pm

THE CON DEM AXE MAN COMES TO SALFORD

The ConDem Government tonight announced the full scale of cuts to local government, and Salford is one of the biggest losers despite being one of the most deprived cities in the country.

According to Salford Star calculations from the complicated tables of figures, Salford City Council stands to face cuts of £23.7million in 2011-12 ( 8.52%), and a further £9.8million in 2012-13 (3.9%), making a staggering total of £33.5million over two years. And this on top of cuts that have already been made this year.

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While deprived Salford and other such inner city areas of the country get absolutely hammered by cuts announced by the ConDem Government tonight, the affluent Tory heartlands in the `shires' have got off relatively lightly.

Next year, Salford suffers a 8.52% reduction in its `revenue spending power' (all the money it gets in from Government grants and council tax), while places like Cheshire East get a mere 1.63% cut. Figures like this mean it is absolutely clear that this Government of Lib Dems and Tories are taking huge amounts of money out of the neediest areas, with the resulting social problems this will bring.

From what we can work out from the Government's table of cuts (see here to work it out yourself!) for 2010-11 and 2011-12, Salford will lose the following…

2011-12: Its `formula grant', down from £152.2m in 2010-11, to £135.4m
               Its `specific grants' down from £36.1m in 2010-11, to £25.6m
Its overall `revenue spending power', which includes these grants and other funding such as council tax, down from £278.7m in 2010-11, to £255m in 2011-12. A cut of £23.7m or 8.52%

2012-13: Its `formula grant' down to £124.9m
                Its `specific grant' down to £23m
Its overall `revenue spending power' down to £241.7m. Another £9.8m cut or 3.9%.

Add these together and it's a total cut, we believe, of £33.5million over the next two years.

This will have a devastating affect on public services – and makes the £20million grant from Salford Council to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the £20million loan towards the Salford Community Stadium for the Salford Reds look a bit hollow.

Tonight we checked out the Twitter account of Salford City Council Leader, John Merry, for a possible comment on the cuts. But all we could find was the following Tweet from yesterday…

"Emerging from weekend chess tournament to prepare for tomorrows announcement on grant think I would rather bury my head in chess again!"

Quite!

              

Salford Star wrote
at 07:11:05 on 15 December 2010
See Maths Prof comment below... You're quite right. It is a cut of £37million. Silly us! We read the figure of a £9.8m cut directly off the Government's own complicated tables. Don't know how they managed to fiddle that figure out but it just shows - never trust statistics, especially from the Government! Thanks.
 
Maths Prof wrote
at 07:10:45 on 15 December 2010
You seem to have got your maths wrong re the cuts. Revenue spending power going from £278.7 in 2010-11 down to £255m in 2011-12 is a cut of £23.7, and revenue spending power going down from £255 to £241.7 is a cut of £13.3m, making a total cut of £37m, not £33.5m as you've written. Get to the back of the class!
 
Im here wrote
at 19:28:48 on 14 December 2010
These leaders will not stand up for the people, they are interested in 1 thing and 1 thing only. Self representation a good looking CV and as much money as they can get on the backs of people who believe them. Great Britain is no longer great and there is worse to come until the day people realise we have to join hands and take the power from these idiots who think all is merry.
 
B R BENHAM wrote
at 15:33:39 on 14 December 2010
BIG DEAL! CUT THE OPERA, CUT THE ORCHESTRA, CUT THE COUNCIL MAGAZINE AND INTRODUCE GRADUATED 10% TO 25% PAY CUTS FOR EVERYONE EARNING MORE THAN TWICE MINIMUM WAGE...IF THEY ARE WORTH MORE LET THEM GO EARN IT.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 15:33:16 on 14 December 2010
Yes Mr Merry, bury your 'head in chess' or sand or anywhere else, just as long as you don't have to stand up for the people of Salford.
 
masked avenger wrote
at 09:49:03 on 14 December 2010
And it looks like that "Lets give ourselves an award" was another example of pissing money away. I notice Liverpool are getting rid of half the senior managers so lets hope Salford follow suit and get rid of the likes of Spicer and Walker. I,m sure we would all rather see that lot go than essential services but with Salfords twisted logic I can see them cutting essential jobs and bringing in a highly paid manager or consultant to tell us we are getting better services for our money.
 
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