Steve Kingston received some documents in relation to the Cuts and reported what he saw,the trouble is unless you are part of the system within Council you have to report what you see,in my opinion what he reports is always in the public interest.Of course he will change his story i will follow when he does but i will highlight where i felt he may of made the mistake and show how easy it is to make the mistake and not mislead.
SALFORD COUNCILLORS REJECT ILLEGAL BUDGET
Star date: 19th January 2011
“Do what you were elected for and represent the people of Salford”
Ruling Labour councillors were today berated when they appeared on the steps of the Town Hall to address a protest rally by Council workers, service users and activists.
Council workers were angry after hearing of the horrendous cuts coming, including proposed £6.5million cuts to the personal care budget for the elderly and disabled.
A lunchtime protest rally held by Salford Council workers, service users and activists ended with ruling Labour councillors being shouted down as they tried to reason with the very people whose jobs and services they are about to cut.
Councillors Bill Hinds, Joe Murphy and Howard Balkind had appeared on the steps of Swinton Civic Centre, following a full Council meeting where it was disclosed that Salford’s budget for next year will not be set until late February.
The councillors had rejected any idea of setting what they called an `illegal budget’, arguing that the Government will send in its own team to run the city. But people, who had also heard UNISON officials talk of horrendous cuts to the Children’s Department and Social Services, eventually lost patience with the councillors and shouted them down as they tried to defend their forthcoming actions.
One worker shouted “Do what you were elected for and represent the people of Salford…we didn’t elect you to make these cuts.”
Meanwhile, speakers addressing the protest called for Labour Councils around the country to resist the cuts and make the Government `run out of commissioners’ to take over local authorities. Others called for the Government to make the bankers pay for the recession.
The most poignant moment of the protest came when a UNISON rep detailed the proposed cuts about to made to the personal care budget for the disabled and elderly – £500,000 in 2011, £2.5million in 2012 and £3.5million in 2013, making a total of £6.5million over the next three years.
As more details of the cuts are now emerging, the Salford resistance is growing…
SATURDAY 22nd JANUARY 10:30am-5pm
TUESDAY 25th January 7pm
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The Salford Against The Cuts group look suspiciously like Hazel Must Go. I wonder what they will protest about after this is over.
Funny how he noticed i failed to see him or his Tory friends COME-OUT or perhaps they where peeking out from behind the blinds.
Today i went with other Green party members to support Salford against the cuts,i witnessed the sad performance of Cllr Owen as he tried to offer the view that he was speaking for the unions and the people outside protesting about the possible job cuts, even when it is his Government that propose them. The disabled who sat quietly in their wheelchair’s listening to the speeches with their care workers who my soon be without jobs, and the feeble attempts by labour Councillors to placate the crowd,and of course the lack of Tory Councillors waiting inside for the crowd to disperse. It bring shame on politics when policy is driven by feeble unworkable ideology made by people who fear to face the crowds whom they attack.
Will the Salford Liberal Democrats be fully supportive of the cuts in Salfords budget? will they share the fact that they along with the Tories are part of a Government that is putting together cuts that will effect peoples lives for a Generation.Browns Labour brought us to the abyss and the Condems are pushing us in.