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SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDING CUTS
 

Star date: 9th February 2011

A Salford Star Exclusive

COMMUNITY SAFETY, KIDS AND MOST VULNERABLE TO BE HAMMERED IN SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS

Documents seen by the Salford Star on proposed cuts by Salford Council show that projects which support school children and the community, and those aimed at reducing crime and other social problems, are going to get decimated when the cuts are announced officially in March.

Also on the agenda is a £1.77million cut in `culture, sport and leisure', the closure of Swinton market and the fortnightly recycling service to go monthly. And this is just the start…

Full details here…


Millions of pounds wiped off the budget for supporting Salford people, almost half a million pounds wiped off the Community Safety budget, and almost one million pounds wiped off the budget to help our children achieve better lives…

These are just some of the proposals which were put forward to save Salford City Council almost £33million over the next three years. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Council is now trying to cut around another £10-£15million from its budget in order to meet the public spending cuts imposed by the ConDem Government.

A few weeks ago, Salford Star reported how over £9million of cuts were proposed for the Council's Adult Social Care department, and over £1million of cuts were being proposed for the Neighbourhoods department, including £215,000 to Debt Advice and Welfare Rights (see here). Now we have seen initial proposals for cuts across every department over the next three years…

CHILDREN'S SERVICES

A total of £5.2million cuts which will particularly hit the most vulnerable young people in the city. It includes a proposed cut to the clothing grants budget of £5,000, a £95,000 reduction to the 14-19 support service, and a cut of over £1million to the Early Intervention Fund and Extended Schools budget. Meanwhile, direct Government cuts have `terminated' the Behaviour and Improvement Programme and the Gifted and Talented scheme, amongst others.

Particularly ironic is the Council's proposed £300,000 reduction in subsidy for the Music and Performing Art Serviceat a time when the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra is due to pick up a Council cheque for £3million and the Manchester International Festival is to get a £150,000 sponsorship for opera at The Lowry.

COMMUNITY SAFETY

There are proposed cuts of £463,000 over the next three years, over half being cut from the Community Safety Unit. There's also proposed cuts of £220,000 to schemes related to violent crime, drugs and alcohol problems, including a cut of £95,000 to the Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

HOUSING

Salford's Supporting People scheme which was set up in 2003 to "to help vulnerable people live independently in their own homes" faces a £1.9million cut. This scheme delivers "high quality, housing-related support services" for  `the elderly, people with disabilities, women fleeing domestic violence, people with mental health problems, young people leaving care and homeless people' amongst others. It's also proposed to slash £285,000 from Housing Choice and Support, and to `discontinue' the assisted Families Project to save £40,000

CUSTOMER AND SUPPORT SERVICES

It's proposed to cut the opening hours of the newly opened Gateway Centres to save £40,000, to reduce `face-to-face' contact in the `contact centres' as part of a £1.394million cut and to `review' the provision of Occupational Health services to save £50,000.

ENVIRONMENT

Salford's top Bereavement Service will see a proposed reduction of posts to save £93,000, while Burial and Cremation charges will rise to raise an extra £241,000. The graffiti removal team will lose £54,000, Salford's air quality lab will shut to save £15,000 and recycling collections will move from fortnightly to monthly (a £246,000 cut). The property maintenance, alterations and adaptations budget will be slashed by £100,000.

PLANNING

Proposed cuts include the closure of Swinton Market to save £68,000, increased car parking charges to raise £62,000 and increased planning application fees to raise £205,000. Urban Vision, Salford Council's joint venture company, will see its management fees slashed by £3million.

On top of these cuts, proposals also include a 30% reduction in so-called `discrepancy spend' spread across departments including Children's Services, Community Health and Social Care, Environment and Sustainable Regeneration. Meanwhile, Culture Sport and Leisure will see a cut of £1.770million in a `service redesign' which we understand includes the closure of Ordsall Library.

Also going, according to these proposals are two senior management posts in the Chief Exec's department to save £200,000, while the Marketing and Communications empire is being whittled down with a whopping £1.810million cut.

Altogether the proposed cuts over three years total £33.630million. However Salford City Council has to find at least another £10million of cuts on top so that it doesn't set an illegal budget.

According to these documents, the biggest hit departments are those that support Salford's most vulnerable people – Adult Social Care (£9.423million) and Children's (£5.211million). The full extent of Salford Council cuts will be known in March.

• If anyone in Salford has any more news or information on the forthcoming cuts please let us know info@salfordstar.com 07957 982960

• The East Salford Community Committee voted to support the Salford Against The Cuts Campaign at its recent meeting. Salford Council Leader John Merry was one of those who voted in favour of supporting the Campaign (see here for more details of Salford Against the Cuts).


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jeff wrote
at 18:29:01 on 15 February 2011
If they take away the secuirty on our tower block, there will be protests, believe me!
 
Ed wrote
at 16:00:36 on 14 February 2011
The cuts I want are the Traitorous Councillors slimy throats
 
Fadge wrote
at 17:17:27 on 12 February 2011
Not one of these spineless council waster cretins is worth more than 25K p.a.- not even worth that for spouting crap and shuffling papers all day.As we are all in this together ,these shites should take a massive pay cut or be sacked ,and join the rest of us jobless in Big Dave's thacherite Big Society NO HOPE HELL .TIME TO START THE REVOLUTION.
 
Julie Conlon wrote
at 07:34:58 on 11 February 2011
Can anyone tell me what salary the top bosses of Salford council have awarded themselves this year and do they have any intention of making significant cuts in their salary(not a pay freeze). I understand no public servant should earn more than the priminister's £150,000 salary??
 
Roberta Upton wrote
at 13:55:46 on 10 February 2011
Yet they can find a couple of Millions to waste on this ludicrous butchery of the A6 outside Salford University ? Surely the Chapel Street pie in the sky redevelopment is a non-starter in the current economic situation? how happy are the peole of the real Salford that their public money is being squandered on this dead zone ?
 
Steven North - Salford Against the Cuts (SAC) wrote
at 07:55:53 on 10 February 2011
This is a blueprint for devastation. The Council passing these cuts is one thing, but the question is whether they can be implemented. The numbers above are just numbers at the moment. Big numbers, but numbers nonetheless. Those numbers will soon be translated into recognisable services that the people of Salford use every day. When that happens...when it becomes "our library", "my Daughter's nursery", "my Mum's Care Home", we will see resistance. Once those cuts take that form they cease to be the property of the Council and they become our property, and it will be up to us make sure the services we need are not destroyed. Salford Against the Cuts will be organising a further lobby of the Council on the Budget Day (which we expect to be March 1st) and a Lunchtime Demo. More information on that will come shortly. We need to give the Council a taste of the resistance that will come when it comes to close those services. The Council may not have created these cuts, and it may argue that it has a legal duty to make them, but the people of Salford have no such duty to accept them. If you want to take this fight to the ConDem Government enforcing these cuts, come to London for the TUC Demonstration on March 26th. We will be organising transport. For more info email SAC at salfordagainstcuts@gmail.com
 
Davey Boy wrote
at 19:21:47 on 09 February 2011
Get off your knees you spineless council waster cretins .Stand up and oppose tory-toff Cameron and his deranged thatcherite policies.Call yourselves labour . You are shite.Refuse to implement any cut-backs and join the fight-back .You lot are pathetic . The corrupt politicians and reckless gambling banksters caused this recession - they can pay for it .
 
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