Government and council slammed over Liverpool cash woes

Mayor Joe Anderson’s warning that Liverpool faces running out of money has sparked a strong reaction on social media.

The Mayor, who said Liverpool cannot afford to “pretend we don’t have a budget deficit”, added services such as adult social care and children’s care could be affected if cuts in funding from central government continue.

Mayor Anderson has also alluded to a possible rise in the city’s council tax of 10% to fight the deficit.

ECHO readers on social media have criticised a lack of Government support as well as the Mayor’s claims, with many disagreeing with the city’s spending decisions and questioning where funds brought into the city have been spent.

Joanne Denise said: “If the MPs didn’t spend so much money on fancy meals and drinks plus ridiculous expenses the country would be in a better state.”

Cobain Schofield argued: “The real issues are that the council is very conceivably going to run out of cash, while central government offer no support.

“People are going to lose jobs, services are going to be cut and people are going to be left unhappy, but moaning about the council solves none of these issues.”

Richie Graham said: “I find it staggering in 2016 that our own Mayor is having to publicly announce he is being flat out ignored by our government about a crisis such as this. Because that’s what it is.”

Emma Kettle, commenting on Facebook, said: “I don’t agree with government cuts, but I don’t agree with Joe spending funds on his schemes.”

Catherine Marland said: “£7million from cruise ships docking there last year, the Labour party conference was held there and many other conferences that use Liverpool’s facilities. The Giants as well, to name but a few. Where does all the extra money go that Liverpool brings in?”

Elain Dutton said: “My brother in law suffers from Alzheimer’s and goes to a day centre two days a week. He started going in May and although my sister had repeatedly asked the council for an invoice to pay for her husband’s care, to date nothing has been received.

“Liverpool city council need to get their act together by collecting money that is owed before asking people to pay an extra 10%.”

This article was written for the Liverpool ECHO.

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