Liverpool council budget cuts options - pain across the board
I spent this afternoon reading through the list of options put forward by Liverpool council to meet the £50m blackhole in its budget for next year.
I tweeted the items that caught my attention under #cutsoptions.
What you have is a set of options for £90m-plus that are going to deliver pain to all kinds of communities across the city.
Try explaining to families why you've cut free school milks for their kids and school uniform grants but kept a similar amount in the budget to fund the Mathew Street Festival.
Solve both those problems by telling 2,000 people with 'substantial' care needs that you will no longer provide them a service, instead you will concentrate on 'critical' needs only.
Or keep that and scrap regeneration agency Liverpool Vision (that leads strategic investment) instead.
Or how about stop funding arts and cultural organisations, or cutting funding to the voluntary sector by 50%.
Anyone fancy fortnightly bin collections to help save £1.5m?
These are just a glimpse of the tough decisions that are on the table. Click HERE to read the full list.
Many of the savings are "efficiencies", but not even all those are pain free.
Of course not all the items that raise eyebrows will be implemented, but some will.
Expect there to be lots of lobbying by some groups over the next few weeks. Some people working in areas potentially affected have a more uncertain future tonight.
No wonder Joe Anderson says he can't sleep at night.