Cuts Watch #355: Spending cuts result in 1,500 redundancies in Liverpool
The Liverpool Daily Post reports that council workers will today be told that 1,500 of them are being made redundant, as one in six council jobs are at risk due to Government spending cuts. Between 300 and 500 jobs will also be lost in the voluntary sector over the next two years as the council axes funding to charities.
The council has to cut £91m from an available budget of £400m, “life-line” services for the young, elderly and disabled will not escape the cuts and libraries and leisure centres will also face the axe.
The Liverpool Council Leader, Cllr Anderson said the cutbacks are worse than those faced by the city in the 1980s.
Our priority has always been to protect, as far as possible, the essential services to children, the disabled and vulnerable who need the life-line of the services the council provides. But, given the scale of the reductions we face, even these front-line services will not escape from the spending cuts.
Despite having some of the highest levels of deprivation, Liverpool has been hit hard by the Local Government finance settlement; Liverpool is among the local authorities that face the maximum cut of 8.9%. The settlement has resulted in the poorest councils facing the biggest hits. Richard’s post shows us that the six most deprived Councils are all facing the maximum cut, and that out of the 37 local authorities facing the maximum reduction only two are less deprived than the average. Analysis by Children and Young People Now also shows that local government cuts will disproportionately affect authorities with higher numbers of children in need. Of the 27 authorities facing cuts in the coming year of eight per cent or more, eight — Liverpool, Hackney, Hull, Islington, Manchester, Nottingham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets — are ranked in the bottom 10 of the children in need rank of average scores, according to the Local Index of Child Well-Being 2009.
The council calculates that, had the Government reduced the city’s funding by the national average, the council would have been better off by £26m and the worst cuts would have not have not been necessary.
My previous post also shows how Liverpool has been affected by spending cuts and why Liverpool and the Northwest are particularly vulnerable to cuts.