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Budget axe comes crashing down on city services

Culture, regeneration and leisure to lose half of cash in three years

Published on January 13th 2014.


Budget axe comes crashing down on city services
 

LEISURE centres, cultural events and regeneration projects in Liverpool will see their funding slashed by half in the next three years as the city council struggles to find £156m of savings imposed by George Osbourne. 

And essential services that the council must legally provide - such as adults and children’s social care, environmental health and bin collection - have been told to find savings of up to 25pc. 

Mayor Joe Anderson announced where the axe would fall today, describing the moves as “unpalatable”. 

'Certainty'

The city says it faces its biggest budget challenge to date, following £173m of cuts already made over the last three years. By 2016/17, the city will have seen government funding cut by 56pc, in real terms, since 2010/11. 

Last month, Mayor Joe outlined his plan for dealing with the reductions – by developing a three year strategy “in order to give some certainty to residents” about how services will look in the future.

And those which the council is not legally required to provide – so-called “discretionary” services – have been asked to find budget savings of 50pc. Quite how the cuts will translate and exactly where has not been revealed.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is really unpalatable... and the truth is it will impact on every service in the city. 

“The stark reality is that it will mean less of absolutely everything, whether it is libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres or social care buildings.” 

Joe Anderson MayorJoe Anderson But Mayor Anderson said he is committed to support growth and innovation in the city, to ensure Liverpool’s future remains bright and sustainable. 

He added: “Despite the challenges, it is vital we bear in mind there are still an awful lot of good things happening in the city - whether it’s the International Festival for Business or the 1,000 new private sector jobs we’ve helped attract recently through firms such as H2 Energy, BAC Mono, BT and Amey.” 

Details of the proposals are currently in development and are expected to be announced next month, followed by the city’s budget meeting on March 5.

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25 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John ShawJanuary 13th 2014.

What is unpalatable is Joe raiding the reserves to fund his half-baked ideas, I've just heard him on the news moaning poverty, The people he's helping are the wealthy and he's dancing to their tune, he's targeting the facilities of the working class and bending over backwards to accommodate every carpetbagger that comes calling. He could start the ball rolling by cancelling this proposed muppet show, how that has any connection to World War 1 is beyond belief. This so called Chief Executive sanctioned the siting of a hot dog stall next to the Cenotaph earlier in the year, so much for respect. He likes muppets, he's one himself.

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mickeydrippin'January 16th 2014.

I think you will find that this so-called "muppet show" is being classed as a national event and is to be jointly funded by the Council, the Government and a number of other bodies. Like the previous event, where the story with the giant puppets commemorated the loss of the Titanic, the forthcoming show will -apparently - be a story commemorating all those who fought in the First World War. So it is not going to be Joe's muppet show.

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2014.

Click on culture Mick, read other peoples take on it, it differs somewhat from the script you're reading.

John BradleyJanuary 16th 2014.

I quite fancy Waldorg and Statler on the balcony of the White Star building do a running commentary of WW1, blow by blow till 2018. My Grandad was completely legless towards the end of the great war and remained so for the rest of his life.

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2014.

Was your Granddad pissed or an amputee? If it was the latter of course he would remain so for the rest of his life

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

How about cutting the amount spent on LDL. Starting with the LDL Senior Management Team - they've all been spending most of their time working in Lancashire until very recently. We can clearly do without them, LDL is overstaffed. That's around half a million, plus bonuses just for Jungnitz, Hannay, Kavanaugh and Hibbert. Plus however many hundreds of thousands McElhinney is getting (does anyone seriously think that Liverpool isn't paying him at least as much as Lancashire??). And then there's all the third party work. No wonder LDL's salary bill is around £40 million. It's overstaffed. And since we cover every single penny that LDL spends, that means we foot the bill for all those people doing work for third party clients of BT. Get BT to pay for this.

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Katie54January 14th 2014.

On the question of McElhinney, anyone who still believes Joe Anderson's frequent claims that this man is seconded to BT and paid by them, and so nothing to do with Liverpool, should have a look at this: www.whatdotheyknow.com/…/819%201523%20Info.pdf… We're in exactly the same situation as Lancashire. Except that we don't know how much we've been paying him - and, of course, he's still here.

John ShawJanuary 14th 2014.

"this review can be triggered by any single party at any time".........so what's the hold up........Go to it Joe......We're all behind you......Just look over your shoulder.....there's more than you think.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

When Liverpool signed on the dotted line with BT to create LDL the financial situation was so different. If the parties involved had any respect for the city council and the people of Liverpool they would appreciate the severe plight of the council and volunteer to negotiate a much smaller operation at a much lower cost. So will the army of LDL's little helpers spend their time now just telling callers such and such a service, such a library, leisure centre etc has closed. Maybe if we ditched LDL we wouldn't have to close down so many facilities. I've contacted LDL numerous times and they are like an army of occupation. You cannot ever get through to a council person who may be able to help. We need liberating as soon as possible from McE's army.

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Nalgo HaroldJanuary 15th 2014.

"cannot ever get through to a council person who may be able to help." That's because most of the real Council workers have gone.

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2014.

Amended for you; That's because most of the real Council workers have gone... on long holidays using their deluxe feather bedded public sector pensions

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

Some years ago Liverpool acquired a comprehensive system of cameras throughout the city, they are plainly obvious. The cameras are operated and monitored by the constabulary, all common knowledge, what is not generally known is the network they were installed in was maintained by BT. When tenders for the new system were sought, BT given that they were in poll position proffered a bid that was £6M greater than the eventual contract awarded.

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John BradleyJanuary 14th 2014.

They aren't operated by the cops but by an unregulated, unsupervised bunch of cowboys based in Clayton Square, called CityWatch.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

Sorry john, you're wrong again. Convention forbids me from telling you were they are located, because it's sensitive information. Clayton square most definitely not, The Liverpool echo done an article some years ago, the police were housed in a building in a tiered formation watching 42 monitors which could switch to almost 240 cameras throughout the city. Perhaps by way of illustration I can refer you to the one erected on the corner of Grove St, (without wayleave ) that now occupies the diagonally opposite corner. You are perhaps confusing something completely different.........Incidentally you conceded once before re WCML.....Same bloke John.......Just a bit more mobile than you.

John BradleyJanuary 14th 2014.

I think you'll find they are liverpool.gov.uk/…/… you might be confusing it with the traffic cams.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

You're just going to have to trust me on this one John, I know from old how persistent you can be, for me to say anymore would be folly. Trust me, I know a bobby when I see one, particularly when there's sixteen of them. However getting back to the gist of the post BT's tender was 150% more than the winning tender, they either overpriced deliberately so as to not win the job, because of the horrendous state of a network, they were being paid handsomely to maintain, or they were complacent in the norm, that it was acceptable practice for them to overcharge.

John BradleyJanuary 14th 2014.

Why would anyone trust anyone who stays anonymous?

Amos NonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

He'd tell you, but he would have to kill you.

Donald DuckJanuary 14th 2014.

In which case, having given it careful consideration, I'll have to plead the fifth amendment.

stan the ManJanuary 15th 2014.

Suggest you read "Echo Comment" page 10 . It would be naïve to think this is a new initiative, your anonymous has obviously been on the ball.

SaladDazeJanuary 14th 2014.

Meanwhile, inequalitybriefing.org/…/briefing-13-what-do-people-think-about-banks… A major city argues about a few street lights left on or whether libraries are more important than wheelchairs. And tries to make "efficiency savings" or "difficult choices". While the whole edifice is collapsing around our ears.

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AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

...Banks are not the problem in Liverpool.....and surely Liverpool is where we should concentrate!! Mayor Joe is our problem.. we were not given the opportunity to vote if we even wanted a Mayor..it was enforced and "mayoral election" happened . Democracy out of the window! He then overpowered the current council!! He will bankrupt our City, with the so called Labour Council, having NO CONTROL whatsoever

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2014.

I'm no fan of Mayor Joe or any politiciian, but to suggest that he will bankrupt the 0ity, Ih the light of what is happening, is ludicrous

Bin LadenJanuary 15th 2014.

Joe will forever be etched in our minds for making decisive decisions that affect this city, there's the fortnightly bin collection for a start.....then there's......Did I mention the bin collections......the bus lanes.....and there's the........I'll get back to you on this one.......I've got to put the bin out......Now what colour is it.......

Amos AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

The stark reality is he mentioned everything important to the "have nots", and commended everyone who have no concern about anything other than themselves ie. the "haves". Strange mentality politicians, worthy of the Fairground.

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