Liverpool City Council has told its staff that 1,500 jobs need to be axed in order to help save the city £143million by 2013.
The announcement was made in a three-page letter from Liverpool Council Leader Joe Anderson, found on employees’ desks on Thursday morning.
One in six jobs is at risk and compulsory redundancies are necessary after the government spending review has cut the Labour-run council’s budget by 22%. The council need to save £91million over the next year alone.
Cllr Anderson said: “I have never had to make such a difficult and heartbreaking decision, and I know everyone working on the budget feels the same. The reductions will be extremely painful, not only for staff but for the residents who rely on the services we provide.”
Earlier this month, Cllr Anderson, Liberal
Democrat leader Warren Bradley and Sarah
Jennings, leader of the Liverpool Green
Party, began cross-party talks to decide
where budget cuts to local services will be
made. The Liberal party have since joined
the talks and all 90 councillors involved have
been briefed on the scale of the cuts. Cllr
Jennings said: “There will be major cuts.”
It is unclear which services will be affected,
but libraries and leisure centres are at risk,
as are services for the young, elderly and disabled before a new budget is announced on 23rd February.
Liverpool is the worst affected city in the UK following George Osborne’s spending review in October despite high levels of deprivation and unemployment on Merseyside, with Kensington, Anfield and Breckfield being the among the poorest inner-city areas in the country.
Fears that Liverpool will return to the run-down city it was under Margaret Thatcher’s rule in the 1980s have been confirmed, Cllr Anderson claimed. Liverpool City Council would have been better off by £26million if the city’s cuts had been calculated to the national average.
A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesperson said: “The government has delivered a tough but fair settlement ensuring the most vulnerable communities are protected.
"If councils share back offices, join forces to procure, cut out the non-jobs and root out the over-spends then they can protect frontline services.”
By Chris Bradley, Website Editor
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