April 29, 2011 10:10 pm

Days of reckoning

 
Nottingham council meeting

Nottingham City Council Photographed on March 7

Budget reduced by £33.6m. Areas affected include loss of 370 council posts, increased charges for adult social care, reduction of casual posts in children’s services, restructuring of highways maintenance budget, reduction of casual posts in children’s services, 25 per cent reduction of library book fund.

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Leeds council meeting

Leeds City Council Photographed on February 23

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Budget reduced by £90m. Areas affected include loss of 1,500 staff posts, closure of up to 13 buildings in adult social care, savings in back-office operations, cut in grants to arts organisations , library services to be reviewed.

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Liverpool council meeting

Liverpool City Council Photographed on March 9 (budget meeting was held on March 2)

Budget reduced by £91m. Areas affected include loss of 1,600 posts (including council and voluntary sector), cuts in funding for voluntary groups, children’s care and adult social care, libraries budget cut by £2m.

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Bristol council meeting

Bristol City Council Photographed on February 22

Budget reduced by £28m. Areas affected include loss of at least 340 posts, 10 per cent savings in arts budget, review of care packages for the elderly and disabled, reduction of tenant support budget, savings in annual libraries budget.

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Manchester City Council Photographed on March 9

Budget reduced by £109m. Areas affected include loss of about 2,000 council posts, reduction in adult and children’s services, reduced grants to the voluntary sector, review of recycling and waste disposal services, savings in back-office services, review of library services, Lord Mayor’s reception cancelled.

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Birmingham City Council Photographed on March 1

Budget reduced by £212m. Areas affected include reduction of 2,450 full-time posts, reduction in adults and communities budget, reduction in children’s services, reduction in transport budget.

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Sheffield City Council Photographed on March 4

£80m (£66m from services budget, £14m in efficiency savings). Areas affected include loss of 731 posts, 15 per cent cut across all departments, except children’s social services, and 7.5 per cent reduction in adult social services, reduction in grants to trusts and voluntary groups, chief executive has taken a 5 per cent pay cut.

Simon Roberts is author of the book We English (Chris Boot, 2009) and is currently working on a new series about the country’s changing economic landscape.

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