The axe fell on 10 libraries, weekly bin services for the majority of homes, and a number of services for the vulnerable in Liverpool.Oh noes!
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is my third budget and it is getting harder and more painful each year. “Let me say at the outset that there is worst (sic)to come. “We are now at the stage where those options have gone, and we are having to prioritise one front line service over another.”Oh, gawd! What vital services are for the axe? Will roads start to crumble (more)? Will waste pile up in the streets (and who'd notice?)? Will dead bodies litter the streets (more than usual)?
Will the Liverpudlians have to resort to guerrilla Zumba sessions and flashmobs?
The city currently has 19 libraries, but the council thinks it can save around £938,000 (from April next year) by closing around 10. It is examining plans to keep a seven-day service at Central Library and at two community libraries (one in the North and another in the South).Well, libraries aren't exactly vital front line support, are they?
Withdrawing funding, over three years, to providers of accommodation for “socially excluded” people who are at risk of homelessness will save another £2.6m.Let the charities pick up the slack, instead of squandering the donations they get on huge CEO salaries.
The youth and play service will be reviewed with the possibility of transferring services to the voluntary and community sector, saving £2.1m over three years.Something parents and voluntary organisations can sort out instead. It's their responsibility anyway. Anything else?
Cutting school uniform grants was also due to be approved, saving an annual £700,000.Again., shouldn't be the responsibility of the council. Is that it?
The authority has also said it will close its two municipal golf courses – at Allerton and Kirkby – if a private operator cannot be found or a £300,000 annual loss cannot be stemmed by increasing charges.Oh. OK. I guess we have a different view of what constitutes 'vital frontline services'...