Ghost streets and cutbacks raise fears of return to 80s, as council’s withdrawal from ‘big society’ pilot reflects despair.
Extracts from Article in the Guardian by Helen Carter 8th Feb
“Over the next two years 1,500 council jobs will be axed as it tries to make £141m savings.
Last week the council leader, Joe Anderson, indignantly withdrew from David Cameron’s “big society” in protest at the cuts. Hundreds of people marched through the city at the weekend to oppose the squeeze in public spending”……..
“There is a lot of despair about what the government has done and there doesn’t seem to have been much thought behind the strategy as it’s been done so quickly,” he says. He recalls the Thatcher years in Kirkby, where the Birds Eye factory was closed 22 years ago with the loss of 1,000 jobs. The prime minister visited Liverpool and chose to condemn the workers, which backfired spectacularly” …..