The Liberal Party notes the publication of Liverpool City Council’s budget proposals as it struggles to fill a £73 million budget deficit.
Proposals to cut 150 jobs have been announced as LCC tries to save £32m from next year’s budget. Grants providing social care will be withdrawn and some voluntary groups will lose part or all their funding under the proposals.
The Benefit Maximisation Team is one of the services likely to be scaled back at this time despite the tremendous work it does with the most vulnerable residents.
Liberal Party Councillor Alan Tormey has written to Mayor Joanne Anderson and interim chief executive Theresa Grant stating:
“I am shocked that at a time when so many people are struggling financially, with those on benefits most severely affected, that the council are planning to reduce the number of staff there to support the most vulnerable.
As a fantastic service with people who do such a fantastic job with our most vulnerable, I believe that this proposal should be thrown out.
This is totally unconscionable in the current climate. The staff in this department are such positive ambassadors for the council and they do such a wonderful job in helping those who need it most”