There’s some grim news coming from Wolverhampton City Council and the cuts they’re putting forward for consultation. Cuts to Leisure and Library service. Cuts to events and Christmas Lights budgets, Increasing the cost of provided meals to schools…..
The proposaed changes include
- Council tax rise of 2%
- Shorter Library opening hours
- Closing Central Swimming Baths
- Charging for internet use in Libraries
- Charging more for school meals
- Changes to Youth Service (services moved to City Centre Youth Zone)
- £80K cut from city events budget
- £25K cut from Xmas Lights budgets
- 13% reduction to voluntary sector grants
- 1,000 jobs to go over 5 years on top of the 889 posts that have gone over the past 5 years.
It was all being announced live on the Councils twitter feed that you can read in our Storify below. Or if you’ve the stomach for it it’s all available to read in the cabinet meeting documents – but warning it’s all in council speak.
Tweets from Wolverhampton City Council and other on #WolvesCuts
Today (16th October 2013) Wolverhampton City Council announced the proposed cuts they are taking to cabinet this week to try and balance the predicted £98million budget deficit by 2018. The proposal go to cabinet & will be open to consultation after then subject to them being called in for scrutiny.