MORE than £35m is set to be slashed from services affecting children, the elderly and the vulnerable.
Burial costs, sports pitch rents and care bills are all set to rise when Sefton council passes its 2013/14-2014/15 budget on Thursday.
Plans for the future of our threatened libraries will also be revealed during this week’s crunch talks.
Cash-strapped Sefton council needs to strip £50.8m from its annual budget over the next two years.
In November, politicians gave the green light to £15m of cuts. On Thursday night, councillors from the borough’s three political parties will thrash out the latest cost- cutting measures.
Many, including plans to make burial costs among the most expensive in the UK and axe all funding for Christmas lights and trees, have already been approved by the council’s Labour-controlled cabinet.
On Thursday night at Bootle Town Hall (6.30pm start) they will be scrutinised by coun- cillors before being voted on.
Hours before the crucial council cuts meeting, cabinet will meet to discuss the latest proposals and give an update on plans to save £400,000 from library services.
Sefton council leader Cllr Peter Dowd, said: “Right up until a week before the meeting, we have been going out and talking to people and listening to their views on the issues before we make decisions. It is not over until it’s over.”