Sefton has already reduced its spending by £64m in the past two years and approved the implementation of a further £15.549 savings last month – but that is only 36% of the £43.7m savings it has to find between now and 2015.
Other proposals include:
Shutting every public toilet in Sefton, saving £52,000;
Reducing council workers’ pay, saving £6m, which may involve axing staff and rehiring them on new contracts;
Closing a number of day-care centres across the borough, among a series of controversial measures designed to save £7.116m from social care services;
Reducing funding for cleansing teams which clear graffiti and fly-tipping;
Saving money on street lighting, including a trial period where every other light on the A565 will be switched off.
In their report, Jan McMahon and Margaret Rawding said: “This is a time of unprecedented change for the council and Sefton communities. The impact on council services has, and will be, significant.”
FOR more details of the cuts – and local reaction – see this Thursday’s Southport Visiter.
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