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Star date: 18th February 2011 

BY 2014 SALFORD YOUTH SERVICE AND ADULT SOCIAL CARE WILL BE SHOT…

When Salford Council announced £40million of cuts and 600 job losses this week it was only for the year 2011-12. Salford Star has now seen savings for the following two years…

…And by 2014 a total of over £10.5million will have been wiped from Adult Social Care spending, while our Youth Service will be decimated with over £3million worth of cuts – despite findings from Salford Council's own `budget consultation' which showed these were the two departments that the community said "Do Not Cut: It is very important that this service remains as it is now"… 

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There's no doubt that Salford City Council's community budget consultation was pathetic – drawing just 225 replies from over 100,000 households. Its questionnaires at libraries, public buildings and Gateway Centres drew just twelve responses, while a meagre 62 questionnaires were returned from a spread in Life In Salford magazine (`it was probably in the bin before anyone got to the page' ed). The rest of the surveys were filled in online…

…Even so, what was absolutely crystal clear from the consultation was that Salford people did not want cuts to services for our young and elderly citizens. Adult Social Care and Children's Services were found to be the least acceptable for a cut in funding `in this current climate' and the most popular to retain funding…with the vast majority of the survey agreeing: "Do Not Cut: It is very important that this service remains as it is now".

Indeed, the questionnaires showed that people "would rather pay more to maintain this service at its current level" above any other service in Salford. By 2014 Adult Social Care and the Children's Service will suffer some of the biggest cuts in Salford Council's spending. So much for consultations. Even rubbish ones.

By 2014, Adult Social Care will have suffered a cut of over £10.5million with the loss of 105 jobs. Salford has already announced a cut of £3.8million for 2011-12 but further cuts of almost £7million will see care for our sick, unfortunate and elderly shredded.

The 2011-12 Adult Social Care budget will already result in the axe for six social workers, 100 residential care places and twelve intensive homecare support workers, plus hundreds of thousand of pounds wiped off services helping elderly people or those with mental health problems, learning difficulties and disabilities (see here).

From 2012-14, huge cuts will include a `reconfiguration' of day care services (£876,000), a `redesign' of Adult Social Care Commissioning (£3million), a `redesign' of mental health supported accommodation (£150,000) and a `reconfiguration' of short breaks (£649,000 plus twenty jobs). A further £120,000 will be cut by getting people out of residential care homes and into their own accommodation, relying on Telecare and Telehealth technology to take over from trained staff.

What did the community questionnaires say again? "Do Not Cut: It is very important that this service remains as it is now".

Meanwhile, by 2014, Salford might not have an official Youth Service at all if it can't survive a massive cut of £3.344million and the loss of 42 jobs as part of a "service reduction" which will lead to a `New Integrated Youth Service'.

What did the community questionnaires say again? "Do Not Cut: It is very important that this service remains as it is now".

Salford Council's Savings document reveals a further £20million of cuts overall by 2014 which will lead to 802 total estimated job losses.

Scheduled for huge savings is also Customer and Support Services which will get a further £4million cut from 2012-13 on top of £3.8million next year. By 2014 a total of 180 jobs will have been lost in this department. Culture, Sport and Leisure will see almost another £1million wiped from its budget, on top of a cut of £800,000 next year.

The Savings document also reveals that the new `flagship' Gateway centres will not only have their opening hours reduced but also a further £150,000 cut which will reduce `face-to-face contact and resources'. Grants to the voluntary sector organisations will have another cut of almost £100,000 by 2014 - and Salford's crucial Debt and Welfare Rights service - which should deal with the ConDem Government's poverty fall out - will see nine jobs disappear, along with a total cut of £215,000.

Altogether, by 2014, Salford will see a £20million `reduction in service', on top of other efficiencies – a total of around £60million worth of cuts.

And it looks like the hardest hit services will be Children's and Adult Social Care. What did the community consultation say again? "Do Not Cut: It is very important that this service remains as it is now".

 

 

 

 


 

Reg Howard wrote
at 20:41:58 on 20 February 2011
I agree with Mary's comments, the council have ignored the wishes of the people and treated all citizens of Salford with disdain,they do so in the belief that whatever they do, they will be elected again by the people who vote like sheep.However, there is a new generation of voters now who are more aware of the politics at work in our city, and who more prepared to speak out,voters who can see the devastation caused by the "big three parties" and will, when the elections come round, make their views known, the results should be interesting!!! Reg Howard, Salford Green Party
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 16:26:55 on 20 February 2011
Perhaps the reason so few people took part in the survey is not that they don't care about these cuts, but that so few knew of it. Unless you frequent libraries etc or bother to read Life in Salford & let's face it does? You would have no idea that the survey was taking place. Another example of how the Council treat it's citizens (yeah that's citizens not customers), like mushrooms, "keep em in the dark & feed em shit". As for the bunch of clowns down at the funhouse getting a job with Richard Branson, I doubt any of them could get a job at a Branston Pickle factory.
 
Oz wrote
at 10:54:56 on 20 February 2011
This article has got to have some of the worst interpretation of statistics I have ever seen. You keep mentioning the community questionnaire states "don't cut", but 225 is hardly the 10% sample you would need to accurately gauge residents' opinions. A more accurate way to look at the questionnaire is that 99,775 residents don't care about these cuts, as they couldn't be bothered to fill it in.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 07:21:40 on 19 February 2011
For a start when have salford council listened to what the residents have to say, they do the public consultation,then do what they want anyway. How many of these 600 jobs are in the top wage bracket not many,if any. What have they been doing with our money, back in 2000 we were in a mess, what was it 13 million over spend, they closed and sold off the family silver. If it was me or you we would watch our spending and try to have a bit for a rainy day, what have we in the bank 3million if that.This council has wrote off millions, wasted millions on events that should have run at a profit or at least broke even.Print junk mags that end up in the bin. What is the latest,buy back a lease that they own anyway for £250.000. We have also become some sort of Bank,because we have started giving loans to clubs that are millions in the red and haven't a hope in hell of paying it back. Don't think any of them up at the civic would get a job with Richard branson. And we are a load of fools for letting them get away with it in the first place.
 
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