While our idiot councillors and idiot senior council officers write out a blank cheque to an international Swiss gangster operation for something between £17m and £40m – depending on who you want to believe – to host four football matches in 2018, there’s been rather less publicity about the more prosaic matter of the huge budget deficit the council is running up in the here and now.
So how do the council intend to fix this deficit then? By hitting the old, the unwell, the disabled and the mentally ill hard of course!
A report to the Resources Scrutiny Commission on 4 December explains all:
• We are undertaking a programme of reviews of care packages for older people. A target saving of over £400k has been set for the remainder of this year.
• The temporary team established to ensure maximum take up of continuing health care funding remains in place and has been set an additional savings target of £500k for this year.
• A programme of care package reviews for people with learning difficulties and PSI is also well underway. A realistic savings target for this financial year is currently being determined.
• Reviews of mental health packages are also being implemented. A target saving for this year of £500k has been set and the team remain confident that significant savings can be made.
Charming isn’t it? Blank cheques for the wealthy accompanied a few weeks later by savage funding cuts for the voiceless and the vulnerable. The term ‘scum’ doesn’t begin to do justice to the people who run this city.