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SALFORD COUNCIL PROPOSES MASSIVE CUTS
 

Star date: 17th January 2011

A Salford Star Exclusive

£9 MILLION CUT TO ADULT SOCIAL CARE!
WELFARE RIGHTS SLASHED! 
46.5% CUT TO CONNEXIONS!
ORDSALL AND CADISHEAD LIBRARIES TO GO?

SALFORD'S MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE ARE IN THE FRONT LINE - NOW THE FIGHTBACK BEGINS!

TODAY 17th January 5:30pm Civic Centre, Swinton – Lobby of Salford's ruling Labour Councillors

Wednesday 19th January 8:30am Civic Centre, Swinton – Lobby of Salford Council Meeting
Wednesday 19th January noon Civic Centre, Swinton – Demonstration

Saturday 22nd January 10:30am-5pm Friends Meeting House, Mcr – Greater Manchester Against The Cuts Conference
Tuesday 25th January 7pm Salford Arts Theatre – Salford Against The Cuts Public Meeting

For full details of the proposed cuts by Salford Council and more details on fightback action click here…


Salford Council Adult Services Cuts
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SLASH AND BURN IN SALFORD 

Details are starting to emerge about the scale of the proposed cuts by Salford City Council over the next three years to produce a budget that kisses the £40million+ cuts to Salford imposed by the ConDem Government.

The Salford Star has seen Salford Council's so-called `Savings Tracker' for two departments – Adult Social Care and Neighbourhoods – and some of the most vulnerable people in the city are going to see some of the harshest cuts.

Over the next three years Salford Council is proposing to slash £9,423,000 off its Adult Social Care budget which will hit the city's senior citizens, the disabled, people with mental health problems and the carers and staff who look after them…

Late last year, Salford's Adult Social Services department was given an `excellent' rating by the Care Quality Commission (see here). It won this by "providing a broad range of services and information which helped people to stay safe in their own homes" and "There were good arrangements in place to help people who use services and their carers prevent loss of independence and to maintain their quality of life." All this now appears to be under threat with the proposals detailed in the `Savings Tracker' which include…

Intensive Home Support Service – cut by £170,000
Day Services – cut by £876,000
Occupational Therapy Assessment Service – cut by £300,000
Telecare and Telehealth – cut by £750,000
Transport – cut by £800,000
Direct support to carers and cared for – cut by £222,000
Repairs and Maintenance of property – cut by £186,000

Adult Social Services users also face £50,000 in increased charges£873,000 worth of staff reductions, and a `redesign of Adult Social Care Commissioning' to save £3.5million. Voluntary Sector commissioning also faces over £357,000 of cuts.

Meanwhile, over at Salford's Neighbourhoods department, £1,021,000 worth of cuts are proposed over the next three years including, ironically, £215,000 to Debt Advice and Welfare Rights. Grants to Voluntary Sector Organisations will be slashed by £193,000, Devolved Budgets to Community Committees by £196,000 and Neighbourhood Management will be hit by £392,000 of cuts.

Elsewhere, Connexions, which helps the city's young people get work and learning, faces a 46.5% cut in its budget which will see the numbers of staff slashed by half. Connexions workers will be handing out a `Save Connexions' leaflet to Salford's Labour Group of councillors today asking `Do you want…NEET [Not in Employment or Training] to increase? Increased drop out rates at college, through lack of specialist advice and guidance? Young people to lose their first point of call when in crisis?"

There are also strong rumours circulating Salford that Ordsall and Cadishead libraries are to close.

"The Government expects Salford Council to cut it's spending by between £40 million and £47 million in the next 12 months" says Steven North, secretary of Salford Against The Cuts

"We believe such cuts will lead to the loss of vital public services and job losses in both the public and private sector" he adds "Salford Council needs to stand up for the people of this city, and we will be using these lobbies to make that point and to ask the Council what it intends to do to fight these cuts."

When we interviewed Salford Council Leader, John Merry, about the coming cuts (see here for full interview) he said that cutting back on things that the Salford Star had often criticised the Council for, like marketing and sponsoring events, was "a drop in the ocean in comparison to what is actually going to happen at this next stage…And there are things like social care – how do we wrestle with the dilemma of social care?"

Judging by these proposals, we now know…

*** Please note that the amounts of cuts have been altered from the original article - see comments below.


SALFORD AGAINST THE CUTS DEMOS, MEETINGS AND LOBBIES


TODAY Monday17th January 5:30pm Civic Centre, Swinton – Lobby of Salford's Labour Group
Wednesday 19th January 8:30am Civic Centre, Swinton – Lobby of Salford Council Meeting
Wednesday 19th January noon Civic Centre, Swinton – Demonstration Saturday 22nd January 10:30am-5pm Friends Meeting House, Mount St, Manchester – Greater Manchester Against The Cuts Conference
Tuesday 25th January 7pm Salford Arts Theatre – Salford Against The Cuts Public Meeting

Salford Against The Cuts is supported by Salford Trades Council, Salford City UNISON, UNITE the Union, the GMB and others.

Contact: salfordagainstcuts@gmail.com and on Facebook

For details of Salford Against The Cuts founding meeting see here.

D.Savage wrote
at 09:38:05 on 31 March 2011
As Just comments , the further up the greasy pole these jobsworth crawl , the lazier they get .Most of these 'executives' are too busy to do any work at all , and spend their days brown-noseing and pouring endless tea and biscuits into their greedy fat faces .A mass cull is immediately necessary.None of them will be missed.
 
Just wrote
at 15:42:01 on 30 March 2011
I used to Work for the so called "head of change" when he was the head of audit, he was the most work shy idiot I have ever had the misfortune to meet. He kept his Minion Mr Paddon happy by sending him to do an MBA with the Council picking up the tab. David Mcillroy is a total twat, what did he spend on his corporate card last year?
 
ella wrote
at 19:39:38 on 29 January 2011
Once again public servants make decisions that have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable in society whilst "fat cats" continue to empire build. Why not share the senior management team at Salford with neighbouring authorities? Do we need a "head of change" earning 50k who works from home 2 days a week. Doing what exactly? Senior "yes men" in the public sector are exactly what got this country into this mess - can we really trust them to act for the greater good or will they continue to pursue selfish ambitions at any cost to those we are here to protect?
 
john smithey wrote
at 21:53:35 on 27 January 2011
i find it really disturbing the first option for making the essential savings is mass redundacy and cutting of essential services.surely this is only one answer perhaps a little more creative thinking is necessary.For instance all employee terms and conditions should be reviewed aiming to get overtime and absence levels to zero,removal of all spanish customs and payments.Surely improvements in these areas is preferred to redundacy.
 
Watering The Town Hall Flowers ...£££ wrote wrote
at 06:35:03 on 20 January 2011
Please see question below, well obviously John Merry reads this page but really cannot answer the question about how much it costs to water the flowers. Maybe it would be cheaper if they would allow people to just piss on the flowers and leave the rest to the rain?
 
confused.com wrote
at 23:09:32 on 19 January 2011
Does John Merry even know what the figures are? At the lobby this morning, more than a few (half-cocked) Councillors told council staff they 'don't know what the true figures are'? Who's running this Council? Merry & Co. or senior officers eager to 'slash and burn'?
 
John Merry wrote
at 20:21:48 on 19 January 2011
I will bear that in mind in future may even include a special section
 
Salford Star wrote
at 18:13:34 on 19 January 2011
See John Merry's comment below... Yes, this was pointed out to us this morning and it will be changed. But can we just point out that we think it's very inconsiderate of the Council not to explain the figures properly for when its documents get leaked. It's alright for WikiLeaks, they just print the documents, we have to interpret the sodding things.
 
John Merry wrote
at 17:15:52 on 19 January 2011
Can you please publish the true figures. In your document the figure on the right cumulative figure in total for three years not one . You have added all the totals together and counted the year 1 cuts three times
 
Joe ONeil Salford Green party wrote
at 05:30:51 on 18 January 2011
It's sad really the people vote for change and it's a pity they picked Cameron the sharp suited car salesman,i saw Thatcher rip this country apart and expected little chage from her son and heir,today is the first steps in the dismantling of the NHS.all supported by the Liberal Democrats. New labour gave us boom and bust,they allowed the banks to carry on unregulated and we all lived on credit. The reality is how do we get out of the mess?the Tories are ripping the state apart they have no plands for growth and the speed of the cuts will effect Salford in a way we have never. seen, the poor the sick and the low waged will all suffer while the tories sit back and view the destruction. Do we return to Labour the party that dragged us to the edge of the pit in the first place? i can see no policies or honesty coming from them and just take a look locally at the ice rink,the ego paper, and the high waged in the council. Babara spicer gets more than the PM and the Labour Councillor don't do bad with their extra allowances and perks.In may you need to think long and hard ask your self why we have a city with roads that are falling apart,no growth,crime,drugs,teenage pregnancy and a Labour group that seems cluless. Your Choice. Dont forget one thing sit back and do nothing and it could be your job going next.
 
Watering The Town Hall Flowers ...£££ wrote wrote
at 05:29:37 on 18 January 2011
May I ask if John Warmisham will clarify the process and cost of Watering the Town Hall flowers in Swinton ? It is evident that Salford City Council uses private contrac£ors to Water these flowers with a water tank behind a Nissan Navara Pickup truck. How much does this cost per year £xx ? Whats wrong with a hosepipe or rain? Is it for Elf'n'safety reasons? So are the flowers going to be abandoned during this period of austerity? ..and it's not very eco friendly is it ? Its shameless that you allow other parts of salford particularly Pendleton to severely deteriorate whilst atthe same time using extravagent methods of watering these town hall flower beds. Councilor Warmisham you may consider this Lobbying. Because this is where the real lobbying should be aimed at how you and your cronies waste the £xx money of the council.
 
Mark Krantz wrote
at 19:55:06 on 17 January 2011
Yes of course the Tories are to blame! But Labour controlled Salford gave the land and £20m to Peel Holdings. Accepting big business ideology led to £millions spent on consultants whose re-organised plan led to failure in children services Being Against The Cuts is about deeds not just words, so I expect John and the Labour Clls to be mobilising for the demo against EMA and cuts in Manchester on 29th Jan. Connexions staff need support in their fight, not excuses
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 19:54:31 on 17 January 2011
Having read the list of cuts proposed, I do find it strange that the libraries service has decided it wants out of Ordsall and Irlam. Cuts to services don't normally happen until reviews take place. Particularly so given that despite who you support politically - year on year around 50% of the total take in council spending goes on EDUCATION! Ordsall's library building actually went the way of the dodo a long time ago - it is now housed in the neighborhood office opposite Mt Carmel Court. Does this mean the building is going too?
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 16:31:40 on 17 January 2011
A message to anyone attending the lobbies against the cuts: do make your placard with some reference to the Bankers who created the major reason for the debts. Also we should be demanding higher taxation of those earning over £80,000. It is these obscene salaries which are such an insult to those on low wages or about to lose their jobs. It is most important to understand that the reason this Government is rushing these changes through is because they are hell-bent on changing public services into private enterprises. They are doing a good propaganda job on convincing people that this is a necessity and due to public extravagance.
 
John Warmisham wrote
at 14:51:24 on 17 January 2011
Firstly can I say that the savings tracker printed here were proposals put to me and other members by officers. After painstaking consideration many of the proposals were not accepted by myself or members looking the horrendous cuts that we as a city council are going to have to make because of the budget shortfall given to us by central government. I don't deny that some hard decisions have had to be taken in relation to the Adult Social care budget, as have decisions to other departments budgets, that sadly will have an effect on services received by Salford citizens. But As Councillor Bill Hinds stated when he spoke to the Against The Cuts meeting, as a Labour Group/council we cannot set an illegal budget. If we did the government would send civil servants in who wouldn't know and understand the city of Salford. They would cut & slash even harsher. I as a born & bred Salfordian and 20 years a proud Labour Councillor despise what we are having to do because of a Tory Government's ideology, propped up and supported by the Liberal Democrats. That's where the real lobbying should be aimed at.
 
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