Cuts Watch #385: Cuts in Council Services in Coventry
The local Coventry Evening Telegraph reported yesterday on the massive cuts in Council services in Coventry, and the loss of 500 jobs. The spending cuts of £38 million will hit scores of schemes for children, the young, the elderly and the vulnerable.
This follows the government axing scores of additional grants to the council for specific projects – from tackling drugs and anti-social behaviour, to providing short breaks for disabled children. Other services hit by funding cuts include Sure Start children’s centres, the Connexions careers service, trust funds for children in care, “youth opportunities” projects and mental health support in schools.
Axing the additional government grants this year means half the 1,000 council job cuts predicted over four years will be made in 2011/12. Compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out.
In addition, cuts in grants to charities and volunteer groups have been frozen at last year’s three per cent. Fees will rise for many council services, and the £80 million budget for adult social care will be frozen, despite a rising elderly population.
The council predicts making £140 million of budget cuts over four years.