23 September 2014
Council is asking residents for comments on their proposals to tackle
the budget crisis. The Council has already been forced to save
over £100 million and by 2017, their grant from central government will
have been cut by a massive 57% in just five years. This is before
further cuts are imposed in 2018.
The Council says it has no choice but to save a further £18 million next
year and £27 million in 2016/17. They have already identified around
£15.5 million of savings for next year by reducing the costs of running
They are now requesting your views on a number of proposals, which aim
to achieve the remaining budget shortfall of £2.5 million. Over 3,000
Wirral residents have already had their say on the proposals. If you are
one of those residents, thank you, but if not – make sure you have your
say before it’s too late!
It is important that as many people as possible have their say on the
savings proposals we have put forward. Public feedback has made a
genuine difference to the decisions taken in previous years and out of
£4 million worth of options, they only need to implement £2.5 million,
meaning you have real choice in how the savings are made.
As far as
New Ferry is concerned, the main possible cuts that will affect us
include potential loss of Bebington Youth Club which is still being
suggested - the Council pursuing their dream of moving all youth
provision to a central hub in Birkenhead. The Council still sees
this as the way forward, but as far as the community of New Ferry is
concerned this is a damaging proposal as it will inevitably lead to the
closure of our youth club. All our young people will then have to
travel to North Birkenhead to go to the various clubs that will be
centralised there. We remain totally opposed to this and you can
have your say on the questionnaire.
Have your say - complete the survey.
Find out more about the budget options.
The consultation will close on 31st October and all feedback will then
be put into a report for Councillors to consider when they set the
budget for the coming financial year in December.