£19m Cuts to Social Services in Knowsley
Knowsley Council have announced cuts to social services in the borough, to the tune of £19 million in the coming year.
The council acknowledge that investment of £7 million over two years has seen an improvement in children and adult social care services – an area where Knowsley has been criticised for failing residents.
According to a new council review, however, government budget cuts now mean these same services are under threat.
Proposed savings so far would affect adult daycare centres, children’s centres and health and wellbeing services for young people, among other areas. In some instances, specific services would disappear altogether, while elsewhere people might have to pay for or contribute towards previously free services themselves.
“Even though we have already found £75 million of savings since 2010, we are now in a position of having to make more savings, which I know are going to have an impact on our residents,” said Cllr Bill Weightman, Cabinet Member for Finance & Governance.
“Whilst we are trying to maintain our frontline services and support our vulnerable residents, this is getting increasingly difficult to do and with reducing resources, we simply can’t deliver the same level of services.
“We are trying to limit the impact, but we know some of the tough decisions we have to make will not be popular but are, unfortunately, unavoidable.”
Make Your Voice Heard
Click here to read the full list of proposals for cuts to services in Knowsley (PDF).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments to make on the suggested cuts, or would like to propose alternative ways to save money. Please include ‘budget savings’ in the subject (email header).
Alternatively, call the council on 0151 443 3536 for more information.
The deadline for feedback is Wednesday 13 January 2016.
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