Hundreds hear Wirral cabinet's 'challenging' budget recommendations

Wirral Globe: Protesters marched to the town hall this evening. Picture: Paul Heaps Protesters marched to the town hall this evening. Picture: Paul Heaps

HUNDREDS gathered at Wallasey Town Hall tonight to hear Wirral cabinet's budget recommendations for the next financial year.

Described by council leader Phil Davies as 'the most challenging ever' for the authority, they follow a cut in funding from the coalition government, requiring the authority to find savings of £109 million by 2016.

The recommendations agreed by councillors during the heated town hall meeting follow on from a public consultation exercise 'What Really Matters'. They will be ratified during a meeting of Wirral's full council on March 5.

It adds up to a spending reduction of £42million for the next year (2013/14) and means a two per cent increase in Council tax, the first rise in three years.

Among the proposals are five days unpaid leave for all staff, the holding of elections every four years, saving £275,000, and a review of the number of meetings and committees held.

Street lighting will also be reduced.

Also on the table is the closure of one day centre for adults with learning and physical disabilites, moving its users to other centres. It would also see the closure of Sylvandale care home in Bromborough.

Demonstrators, who had marched to the town hall from Seacombe Ferry to make their views known, said this proposal would have a devastating affect on some of the borough's most vulnerable people.

One furious campaigner broke down in tears as she told councillors it would be impossible to care for her daughter without support from the day centre she attends.

It was also proposed that no children's centre, library or One Stop Shop will close.

Pensioners will continue to receive a discount on their council tax bills and £100,000 will be set aside for advice services on the impact of benefit cuts.

Also approved by cabinet is the investment of £1m of capital funding in a new state-of-the art Youth Zone and £300,000 in an innovative project to tackle poverty led by Birkenhead MP Frank Field. Investment of £50,000 will be used to enhance road safety around schools.

The 'POPIN' advice service for older people will continue.

A decision on the closure of Birkenhead dog kennels has been deferred in order to allow the Friends of Birkenhead Kennels to submit an alternative proposal for consideration. Maintenance of parks, beaches and bowling greens will also be reduced.

There will also be rationalising in provision for people with learning disabilities and young people, provision of less generous standards in some of Streetscene services and an increasing in charges for services.

The authority's sponsorship of Tranmere Rovers Football Club will end.

A government grant to freeze council tax has also been rejected, as it would mean having to find an extra £1.3m saving when the grant ends in 2015/16.

Council Leader Phil Davies told the Globe: "It's been a really challenging budget. I think it's the most difficult budget we have had to set, certainly since I've been councillor.

"The cuts from government have been unprecedented, equating to a third of our budget.

"So, it's been really difficult to ensure that we set a legal budget, balance the books, but still try to protect frontline services, jobs some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

"I have been very clear that those with the broadest shoulders must bear the greatest burden which is why this budget begins with reducing the costs of running the Council.”

Cllr Davies continued: "Some of the savings we have proposed will be unpopular and the decisions we have made have been difficult.

"We will continue to fight for a fairer deal for Wirral from the coalition government and I call upon the Leaders of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to do the same."

A Council Tax increase for a Band D property amounts to an increase of 48p per week.

Wirral conservative group leader Jeff Green urged his party to reject the budget proposals when council meets on March 5.

He said: "I'm shocked that cabinet has chosen to send the £1.3m the Government had given the council to keep Council Tax at zero, back.

"I'm disgusted that the budget has chosen to tax some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

"I remember as council leader coming under pressure from officers to try and reduce the number of adult training centres.

"I always resisted that, because they do an amazing job. Carers are incredibly good and provide a great service.

"What we'll do now is look at the cuts that are recommended and where potential savings can be made and see what can be done to protect the most vulnerable in society.

"They clearly haven't listened to the services. I'll be supporting those people who are completely reliant on the services."

Stephen McGreal, whose daughter Nicola uses an adult day centre in Moreton said: "A lot of people who use these centres go out and work ibn the local community.

"If centres like this were to close and users had to go to other centres, they could be ripped out of their communities. Their way of independent living would be lost."

Addressing cabinet, Joe Taylor Wirral Unison branch secretary, said: "What really matters is the most vulnerable people in our society."

Cllr Davies said: “These options are in no way designed to remove respite or day care services from vulnerable people.

"Nobody receiving either of these services at the moment will have them taken away, either now or in the future.

"My pledge to all Wirral residents is that no one who requires these services will have to do without them.

"While the building a service is delivered from may change, the standard of that service will be absolutely maintained, if not improved."

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9:41pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Boredofthis2 says...

Ok... Anonymous Internet Geeks of Wirral - start your engines!
Ok... Anonymous Internet Geeks of Wirral - start your engines! Boredofthis2

10:11pm Mon 18 Feb 13

bigfoot says...

So they have DEFINITELY cut services for vulnerable people but only recommended that Tranmere sponsorship stops; get you priorities right Wirral People first!
BTW BOT just for your benefit
BRM BRM!
So they have DEFINITELY cut services for vulnerable people but only recommended that Tranmere sponsorship stops; get you priorities right Wirral People first! BTW BOT just for your benefit BRM BRM! bigfoot

10:59pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

The real problem in Wirral Borough Council, is the Government induced cuts are made all the worse by the huge deficit acquired by the useless Labour Controlled Cabinet over the past 10 years.

Stumbling from disaster to crisis and then back into a complete shambles whilst losing money and giving away huge payoffs, and buying White Wash on an industrial scale.

The one short period that the Tories had in power did naff all to sort out the deep disgrace and scandal let alone the finances involved, because they had been very lax in allowing the Lab/Lib coalition. to get away with everything.

Then of course the parasitic Liberal Democrats just jump into bed with whoever lets them get a snout in the trough of plenty.

End result we are cursed with over 60 useless so called Councilors who have let the Senior Employed Staff run rings round them for over 20 years, just as long as they pocketed their inflated expenses from whatever committee they could scramble on to.
The real problem in Wirral Borough Council, is the Government induced cuts are made all the worse by the huge deficit acquired by the useless Labour Controlled Cabinet over the past 10 years. Stumbling from disaster to crisis and then back into a complete shambles whilst losing money and giving away huge payoffs, and buying White Wash on an industrial scale. The one short period that the Tories had in power did naff all to sort out the deep disgrace and scandal let alone the finances involved, because they had been very lax in allowing the Lab/Lib coalition. to get away with everything. Then of course the parasitic Liberal Democrats just jump into bed with whoever lets them get a snout in the trough of plenty. End result we are cursed with over 60 useless so called Councilors who have let the Senior Employed Staff run rings round them for over 20 years, just as long as they pocketed their inflated expenses from whatever committee they could scramble on to. Hugo1008

11:26pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Dugo 1008 they should put you in charge
Dugo 1008 they should put you in charge Positive thinker

6:50am Tue 19 Feb 13

MDRyUK says...

Toxic debt, national austerity measures, Westminster politics. When will the leadership at Wirral Council recognise they need to be honest with the local electorate, come clean, and try truly to redress mistakes made in the past not cover them up again with yet more excuses?

Yes, we have probably been dealt a raw deal by coalition government politicians but let us be clear how far this impacts on the current fiscal crisis at Wirral Council. To date, as far as the figures stack up (I may be wrong, so please correct me if I am) its £15 million shortfall in Revenue Support Grant out of £42 million debt for 2013-14 as reported in this article (however statistically appears to be a “moveable feast” dependent who you believe).

needs to be a sea change at Wirral Council in terms of culture to enable better decisions and much better management. With a new CEO in charge will things change? Who knows. At 2 percent + they would have been forced to hold a local referendum on their proposals to raise council tax any higher.

Unfortunately the situation looks incredibly grim for residents of Wirral borough and indeed many loyal staff at the Council who will sadly be losing their jobs. We still don’t know specific details on the jobs front or how precisely these cuts will be implemented. So what about the basics? Who is going to be accountable? Who is going to be responsible? Or do we just blindly accept the old excuse that we blame the Tory and LibDem coalition government at Westminster for EVERYTHING? I think not.

Bottom line. If council members thought anything substantial about the residents of Wirral they seek to represent, wouldn’t it have been a great gesture and token if they’d all agreed collectively to take say a 20 percent reduction in their overall allowances for 2013-14?

In terms of local government: who do WE trust? Who do we believe? The people of Wirral borough deserve better. Who’d be a local politician right now? It’s a miserable and rather grisly affair isn’t it?

The devil is in the detail. Look out for the sting in the tale folks!
Toxic debt, national austerity measures, Westminster politics. When will the leadership at Wirral Council recognise they need to be honest with the local electorate, come clean, and try truly to redress mistakes made in the past not cover them up again with yet more excuses? Yes, we have probably been dealt a raw deal by coalition government politicians but let us be clear how far this impacts on the current fiscal crisis at Wirral Council. To date, as far as the figures stack up (I may be wrong, so please correct me if I am) its £15 million shortfall in Revenue Support Grant out of £42 million debt for 2013-14 as reported in this article (however statistically appears to be a “moveable feast” dependent who you believe). needs to be a sea change at Wirral Council in terms of culture to enable better decisions and much better management. With a new CEO in charge will things change? Who knows. At 2 percent + they would have been forced to hold a local referendum on their proposals to raise council tax any higher. Unfortunately the situation looks incredibly grim for residents of Wirral borough and indeed many loyal staff at the Council who will sadly be losing their jobs. We still don’t know specific details on the jobs front or how precisely these cuts will be implemented. So what about the basics? Who is going to be accountable? Who is going to be responsible? Or do we just blindly accept the old excuse that we blame the Tory and LibDem coalition government at Westminster for EVERYTHING? I think not. Bottom line. If council members thought anything substantial about the residents of Wirral they seek to represent, wouldn’t it have been a great gesture and token if they’d all agreed collectively to take say a 20 percent reduction in their overall allowances for 2013-14? In terms of local government: who do WE trust? Who do we believe? The people of Wirral borough deserve better. Who’d be a local politician right now? It’s a miserable and rather grisly affair isn’t it? The devil is in the detail. Look out for the sting in the tale folks! MDRyUK

7:54am Tue 19 Feb 13

ordinary personn says...

"I have been very clear that those with the broadest shoulders must bear the greatest burden which is why this budget begins with reducing the costs of running the Council.

"We have cut senior management, procurement, marketing, IT and the costs of our buildings.”

Hollow words Mr Davies – you are not fooling anybody while there are still 66 councillors all claiming expenses, a chief exec and super directors on ridiculous salaries, money being wasted on refurbishing senior officers’ lairs and the mayor’s beano.

Good to see that no children’s centre will shut but ask yourselves why provision for children is not being cut yet services for people with learning disability and adult day centres are being hit. Personally, I believe that is a cynical machination. Consider the huge outcry if services for little kids were cut - kids tug at most people’s heart strings; whereas, very sadly, many people do not have the same compassion for the learning disabled. Notice how they have taken into account what people said about parks and bowling greens – these are people who are able to make themselves heard and could cause a fuss should they be ignored. Ergo, the council has cut services where they think they can get away with the least protest! This council has once again shown its complete disregard for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

In this case, Mr Davies, BS does not stand for “broad shoulders” but rather for something deposited from the back end of a male bovine.
"I have been very clear that those with the broadest shoulders must bear the greatest burden which is why this budget begins with reducing the costs of running the Council. "We have cut senior management, procurement, marketing, IT and the costs of our buildings.” Hollow words Mr Davies – you are not fooling anybody while there are still 66 councillors all claiming expenses, a chief exec and super directors on ridiculous salaries, money being wasted on refurbishing senior officers’ lairs and the mayor’s beano. Good to see that no children’s centre will shut but ask yourselves why provision for children is not being cut yet services for people with learning disability and adult day centres are being hit. Personally, I believe that is a cynical machination. Consider the huge outcry if services for little kids were cut - kids tug at most people’s heart strings; whereas, very sadly, many people do not have the same compassion for the learning disabled. Notice how they have taken into account what people said about parks and bowling greens – these are people who are able to make themselves heard and could cause a fuss should they be ignored. Ergo, the council has cut services where they think they can get away with the least protest! This council has once again shown its complete disregard for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In this case, Mr Davies, BS does not stand for “broad shoulders” but rather for something deposited from the back end of a male bovine. ordinary personn

9:50am Tue 19 Feb 13

PeteSheff says...

Its lucky that Wirral Borough Council has treated those with Learning Disabilities so well in the past...

or is it that it continues to treat the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society as an easy target to save money after discriminating against them, financially abusing them, failing to safeguard them for countless years, failing to manage their provision, delaying their care for 4 weeks, failing to investigate abuse, taking their independence away from them by letting them stagnate in residential care and now by 'rationing' their services.

I don't see much rationing of the generous redundancy packages.
Its lucky that Wirral Borough Council has treated those with Learning Disabilities so well in the past... or is it that it continues to treat the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society as an easy target to save money after discriminating against them, financially abusing them, failing to safeguard them for countless years, failing to manage their provision, delaying their care for 4 weeks, failing to investigate abuse, taking their independence away from them by letting them stagnate in residential care and now by 'rationing' their services. I don't see much rationing of the generous redundancy packages. PeteSheff

12:04pm Tue 19 Feb 13

antisthenes says...

How can it be that the council still intends to cough up £300,000 towards setting up Field's Springboard Project?

The project was endorsed without so much as a business plan or a set of key deliverables or measurable outcomes; in other words the Council by-passed the rigorous procurement processes that all bidders for council funding are subject to and put Franks fag packet project through on the nod.

Ironic given that Frank is the self-appointed watchdog of due process when it comes to council procurement (COLAS)


Buoyed by Michael Gove’s promise to Frank Field of £15 million in Free School funding. Wirral’s then Tory and Liberal Democrat cabinet members led by Jeff Green and supported by Phil Davies unanimously endorsed Field's half-baked proposal for a radical early intervention anti child poverty project.

So what has happened since April 2012 when Frank managed to divert £300k originally earmarked for long established local charities to build on their excellent track record in family support services?

Well apart from blowing huge amounts on superfluous academic research and a blundered false start;

Result = Nothing.

Wirral’s existing family support organisations; for whom the money was originally intended have valiantly struggled along with next to no funding; whilst Frank busied himself with displacing them by effectively duplicating their services.

Now the Poverty Tsar is challenged by the tedious business of making real things happen in the real world he has apparently tired of the project and is looking to offload it to a highly paid professional.

Field will squander this vital funding on his ill thought out, badly executed, legacy project.

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How can it be that the council still intends to cough up £300,000 towards setting up Field's Springboard Project? The project was endorsed without so much as a business plan or a set of key deliverables or measurable outcomes; in other words the Council by-passed the rigorous procurement processes that all bidders for council funding are subject to and put Franks fag packet project through on the nod. Ironic given that Frank is the self-appointed watchdog of due process when it comes to council procurement (COLAS) Buoyed by Michael Gove’s promise to Frank Field of £15 million in Free School funding. Wirral’s then Tory and Liberal Democrat cabinet members led by Jeff Green and supported by Phil Davies unanimously endorsed Field's half-baked proposal for a radical early intervention anti child poverty project. So what has happened since April 2012 when Frank managed to divert £300k originally earmarked for long established local charities to build on their excellent track record in family support services? Well apart from blowing huge amounts on superfluous academic research and a blundered false start; Result = Nothing. Wirral’s existing family support organisations; for whom the money was originally intended have valiantly struggled along with next to no funding; whilst Frank busied himself with displacing them by effectively duplicating their services. Now the Poverty Tsar is challenged by the tedious business of making real things happen in the real world he has apparently tired of the project and is looking to offload it to a highly paid professional. Field will squander this vital funding on his ill thought out, badly executed, legacy project. . antisthenes

4:16pm Tue 19 Feb 13

bloodtub says...

The government are making the cuts, the council are forced to do it they are paying for past mistakes were ever they make the cuts someone will be unhappy there in a no win situation, maybe the nhs should run the adult social services then at least it would not be left to the council
The cuts have to happen theres no winners just losers
The government are making the cuts, the council are forced to do it they are paying for past mistakes were ever they make the cuts someone will be unhappy there in a no win situation, maybe the nhs should run the adult social services then at least it would not be left to the council The cuts have to happen theres no winners just losers bloodtub

6:24pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Boredofthis2 says...

Hugo1008 wrote:
The real problem in Wirral Borough Council, is the Government induced cuts are made all the worse by the huge deficit acquired by the useless Labour Controlled Cabinet over the past 10 years.

Stumbling from disaster to crisis and then back into a complete shambles whilst losing money and giving away huge payoffs, and buying White Wash on an industrial scale.

The one short period that the Tories had in power did naff all to sort out the deep disgrace and scandal let alone the finances involved, because they had been very lax in allowing the Lab/Lib coalition. to get away with everything.

Then of course the parasitic Liberal Democrats just jump into bed with whoever lets them get a snout in the trough of plenty.

End result we are cursed with over 60 useless so called Councilors who have let the Senior Employed Staff run rings round them for over 20 years, just as long as they pocketed their inflated expenses from whatever committee they could scramble on to.
Yawn. Good god.

Change the record, old chap.

Why not stand for election yourself, if all the politicians are useless? I'm sure the electorate will really respond to a paranoid nutcase spouting endless conspiracy theories. Look at George Galloway.

After all, best way to preserve a democracy is to take part in it. Or talk rubbish about it on an obscure local news website.
[quote][p][bold]Hugo1008[/bold] wrote: The real problem in Wirral Borough Council, is the Government induced cuts are made all the worse by the huge deficit acquired by the useless Labour Controlled Cabinet over the past 10 years. Stumbling from disaster to crisis and then back into a complete shambles whilst losing money and giving away huge payoffs, and buying White Wash on an industrial scale. The one short period that the Tories had in power did naff all to sort out the deep disgrace and scandal let alone the finances involved, because they had been very lax in allowing the Lab/Lib coalition. to get away with everything. Then of course the parasitic Liberal Democrats just jump into bed with whoever lets them get a snout in the trough of plenty. End result we are cursed with over 60 useless so called Councilors who have let the Senior Employed Staff run rings round them for over 20 years, just as long as they pocketed their inflated expenses from whatever committee they could scramble on to.[/p][/quote]Yawn. Good god. Change the record, old chap. Why not stand for election yourself, if all the politicians are useless? I'm sure the electorate will really respond to a paranoid nutcase spouting endless conspiracy theories. Look at George Galloway. After all, best way to preserve a democracy is to take part in it. Or talk rubbish about it on an obscure local news website. Boredofthis2

8:06pm Tue 19 Feb 13

bloodtub says...

why not ask peel holdings to give back some of the millions of pounds its had of the council the team that the council has payed for to work on there behalf for free planning permission,grants millions and for what a carparts plant ,moving there to take advantage of tax breaks this will be rellocation not regeneration paying minimuin wages and when the tax break goes so will they millions have been spent helping a rich company get richer
just seems if some of this money was spent on the people and not on a pipe dream which has not done any thing in years yet more money will be sent this year 1 million on trees and walk ways well atleast this carparts plant will look nice
why not ask peel holdings to give back some of the millions of pounds its had of the council the team that the council has payed for to work on there behalf for free planning permission,grants millions and for what a carparts plant ,moving there to take advantage of tax breaks this will be rellocation not regeneration paying minimuin wages and when the tax break goes so will they millions have been spent helping a rich company get richer just seems if some of this money was spent on the people and not on a pipe dream which has not done any thing in years yet more money will be sent this year 1 million on trees and walk ways well atleast this carparts plant will look nice bloodtub

8:21pm Tue 19 Feb 13

MX says...

Learn the lingo Bloodtub:

"This is not about trees, its about targeted and strategic tree planting.

"The creation of 'green infrastructure' that will act as a catalyst for economic growth".
Learn the lingo Bloodtub: "This is not about trees, its about targeted and strategic tree planting. "The creation of 'green infrastructure' that will act as a catalyst for economic growth". MX

8:30pm Tue 19 Feb 13

bigfoot says...

Boredofthis2 wrote:
bigfoot wrote:
So they have DEFINITELY cut services for vulnerable people but only recommended that Tranmere sponsorship stops; get you priorities right Wirral People first!
BTW BOT just for your benefit
BRM BRM!
They're all recommendations, soft lad. To be voted on by council in March.

READ the words. Out loud. Then maybe you'll understand.

You massive knobhead.
Thank you, I think you have a just cause for a refund from your charm school fees!
[quote][p][bold]Boredofthis2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: So they have DEFINITELY cut services for vulnerable people but only recommended that Tranmere sponsorship stops; get you priorities right Wirral People first! BTW BOT just for your benefit BRM BRM![/p][/quote]They're all recommendations, soft lad. To be voted on by council in March. READ the words. Out loud. Then maybe you'll understand. You massive knobhead.[/p][/quote]Thank you, I think you have a just cause for a refund from your charm school fees! bigfoot

10:21pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Boredofthis,

A breath of fresh air
Boredofthis, A breath of fresh air Positive thinker

6:56pm Wed 20 Feb 13

bloodtub says...

MX wrote:
Learn the lingo Bloodtub:

"This is not about trees, its about targeted and strategic tree planting.

"The creation of 'green infrastructure' that will act as a catalyst for economic growth".
This is large amounts of money being spent to benifit who not the people
Because any jobs in the Car industry will just be moved from other parts of the local area to take advantage of the tax free status of the docks the boom a jaguar may have made this plant happen any way millions spent on the Shanghai of the north so how does a carparts plant on 1 16th of the total site fit in next to the roll on roll of ferry next to a sugar plant
Were all the flats and office blocks going
And were outgoing to move all the existing business to and who will pay for that , look at the original plans and how does what's happen fit with that peel holding need to sell a vision so they make money but they will sell this derelict site to anyone there here to make money anywaybthey can the bullie the council into what they want and the council are in so deep they have to go along with it
[quote][p][bold]MX[/bold] wrote: Learn the lingo Bloodtub: "This is not about trees, its about targeted and strategic tree planting. "The creation of 'green infrastructure' that will act as a catalyst for economic growth".[/p][/quote]This is large amounts of money being spent to benifit who not the people Because any jobs in the Car industry will just be moved from other parts of the local area to take advantage of the tax free status of the docks the boom a jaguar may have made this plant happen any way millions spent on the Shanghai of the north so how does a carparts plant on 1 16th of the total site fit in next to the roll on roll of ferry next to a sugar plant Were all the flats and office blocks going And were outgoing to move all the existing business to and who will pay for that , look at the original plans and how does what's happen fit with that peel holding need to sell a vision so they make money but they will sell this derelict site to anyone there here to make money anywaybthey can the bullie the council into what they want and the council are in so deep they have to go along with it bloodtub

6:53pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

Boredofthis2 Says:

Why not stand yourself

I personally am a bit long in the tooth to actually stand for office, but I gather from your puerile remarks you may be beginning to feel the heat.

Is the spotlight of Truth and Open Decency starting shine into your murky little corner.

You do not contest my comments as being untrue, you just hate them being repeated so often, and not just by me but many others. Pathetic.
Boredofthis2 Says: Why not stand yourself I personally am a bit long in the tooth to actually stand for office, but I gather from your puerile remarks you may be beginning to feel the heat. Is the spotlight of Truth and Open Decency starting shine into your murky little corner. You do not contest my comments as being untrue, you just hate them being repeated so often, and not just by me but many others. Pathetic. Hugo1008

3:57pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Boredofthis2 says...

Hugo1008 wrote:
Boredofthis2 Says:

Why not stand yourself

I personally am a bit long in the tooth to actually stand for office, but I gather from your puerile remarks you may be beginning to feel the heat.

Is the spotlight of Truth and Open Decency starting shine into your murky little corner.

You do not contest my comments as being untrue, you just hate them being repeated so often, and not just by me but many others. Pathetic.
Goodness, your grammar is appalling.

I take it all back. The ability to construct a sentence is surely the minimum we should expect from an elected official.

Back to school, Mr Trust Open and Decency... Zzzzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Hugo1008[/bold] wrote: Boredofthis2 Says: Why not stand yourself I personally am a bit long in the tooth to actually stand for office, but I gather from your puerile remarks you may be beginning to feel the heat. Is the spotlight of Truth and Open Decency starting shine into your murky little corner. You do not contest my comments as being untrue, you just hate them being repeated so often, and not just by me but many others. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Goodness, your grammar is appalling. I take it all back. The ability to construct a sentence is surely the minimum we should expect from an elected official. Back to school, Mr Trust Open and Decency... Zzzzzzzzzz Boredofthis2

5:46pm Fri 22 Feb 13

insomniac says...

The way some workers were spoken to today about their future was diabolical, I wonder how many senior council officers really will have gone this time next year, at the end of the day people in low wage positions in the council should be protected much more as there are more of them than the high earners, the sponsorship of trfc and the money still being give to Mr Field is over 30 jobs thats 30 families. We really need to shout out for our people, the homeless is rising, I can see another 80;s riots happening but worse
The way some workers were spoken to today about their future was diabolical, I wonder how many senior council officers really will have gone this time next year, at the end of the day people in low wage positions in the council should be protected much more as there are more of them than the high earners, the sponsorship of trfc and the money still being give to Mr Field is over 30 jobs thats 30 families. We really need to shout out for our people, the homeless is rising, I can see another 80;s riots happening but worse insomniac

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