Summary of the Council cuts: the jobs, adult care, youth and others
The planned cuts will see £212m slashed from the council budgets this year, at the cost of 2,450 jobs and many services, such as adult care services and youth centres:
- 2,450 council posts will be cut this year (7,000 over 3 years) and 5,000 posts privatised (making it easier to cut funding in the future). Birmingham already has an unemployment rate twice the national average and cannot afford to lose thousands more jobs.
Adult Care Services
- 11,000 people who currently receive care having been assessed as having “substantial” care needs will no longer be eligible for home care, day care or residential care and will lose their care services. Overall, more than £33million will be cut from Adult Care Services, affecting older people, those with learning and physical disabilities and people with mental health problems.
- £3m will be cut from Birmingham Youth Services budgets. Such a cut would close over 40 youth projects (more than 2/3rds) across the city and deprive young people and communities’ easy access to trained and qualified youth workers.
Heart of England PCT
- 1,600 jobs to go, affecting NHS services in this city, and this is only 1 of 5 PCT’s to serve Birmingham so there will probably be more job losses to come. At least 4,000 NHS Jobs will be lost across the West Midlands.
Neighbourhood Office and CAB closures
- CAB has been temporarily saved but neighbourhood offices are still under threat. Both of these provide vital and free advice on financial, legal & housing problems and council services. As unemployment rises, these services will become more important.
- £10 million cuts in Children’s Social Care, affecting “looked after” children, some of the most vulnerable children in the city.
- £1.3 million cuts in library services, £1 million cuts in grants to arts and £1.25 million cuts in funding for Museums with entry charges “almost decided”. Ikon Eastside will be closing and this will probably just be the first of many cultural venues in Birmingham to shut down.
- Pay Cuts and terms and conditions reviews for 26,000 council staff including refuse workers who have already been on strike.
- Community Safety Partnership – £1.6m less spending on, and reduction in funding for West Midlands Police Force (2,200 jobs to be lost, including 600 officers) will see rising crime.