A former Salford councillor has condemned the council’s cuts package as “smoke and mirrors.”
The former Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, , has said many of the council’s savings are “only on paper.”
Since April, the four-year cuts package has consistently failed to reach monthly targets to reduce spending.
At present, there is a shortfall of over £1.2m below what the council agreed it would have achieved by now.
“If that continues, it’s going to get worrying,” However, Cllr Warmisham assured SalfordOnline that targets would be met by the end of the financial year.
“We can’t fail, we’re not allowed to,” he said.
“At the end of the day, we’re given a budget by the government and we have to cut costs accordingly.”
If the shortfall is not reduced, it could lead to further cuts beyond 2014.
One of the problems facing the council is what the Liberal Dems described as “frivolous spending
“They say the Council as got the potential [to meet their targets] if they cut the ridiculous spending and increase opportunities for business.”
The story worries me because quite simply again we see how the Salford Liberal Democrats will play politics but never offer real alternatives and hard facts to back up there claims,Frivolous spending of course we all understand how labour are good at that but without identifying and saying what their alternative is how can any one take them seriously.It was the Tories with the support of the Liberal Democrats who put these cuts in to place we only have to look at the large sums that are expected of Councils in there budget cuts to see the suffering and difficulties being caused by the CONDEM policies and to say it’s smoke and mirrors and the council have the potential to meet these cuts without one set of facts to back up the statement, shows there complete lack of any form of real policy.Of course it’s far easier to sit on the side lines and shout,but to gain any form of respect you need to offer something for people to analyse besides worthless rhetoric.I remember clearly this was a party that constantly failed to produce any form of alternative budget within council and that alone speaks clearly and concisely of their capabilities to govern locally.
On Wednesday 14th September 2011 at 8pm a homeless hostel threatened with closure will hold a vigil by candlelight.
The 38-bed Lancaster House is set to close on 30 September after Salford Council withdrew its funding.
All 13 jobs at Lancaster House will be lost if the plans go ahead, and the 38 vulnerable men and women staying at the Eccles house will be forced to find other accomodation.
Funding for Lancaster House was provided by Supporting People (SP), the government grant used by local authorities for housing related support.
In July SP recommended in a report to Cllr Peter Connor – the council’s lead member for housing – that funding for the hostel be withdrawn.
A spokesperson for the hostel said: “The closure of Lancaster House will mean that 38 vulnerable men, some experiencing mental health illness and all with complex needs will potentially be made homeless.”
“Please, please, please give up a couple of hours of your time to show your support for these guys, who I know will really appreciate your efforts. After which you can return to your warm and cosy homes, something they well might not be able to do, come 1st October 2011.”
The residents and staff will provide refreshments and candles on the night.
Sad really how Salford Council cares for it’s sick,who would believe we live in a modern country that prides it’s self on it’s care,even criminals get a warm bed and a meal.I wonder what sort of society we are becoming,once up on a time you could not even get a doctor unless you had the money to pay is this what you voted for? all those promises gone up in smoke.
SALFORD COUNCIL TRASHED OUR MANSION
Star date: 7th September 2011
NEVER MIND THE SALFORD RIOTS…HERE’S BINDLOSS AVENUE
“We feel bullied and taken advantage of by the Council – all we want is for them to put right the damage they’ve done to our house…”
When a stunning 14 bedroom Victorian mansion near Eccles had some bricks come loose in its chimneys, Salford Council decided to “make the property safe”. It sent in demolition contractors which completely wrecked the place!
Read this incredible story involving the Queen, Hazel Blears, looting, property developers and, of course, Salford City Council.
Full (very long) story and more photos here…