We all have our part to play in cuts crisis
With regard to the council’s proposed savings (Gazette, September 7), I think they will have their work cut out – after five years of austerity cuts and still more to come, where do they start?
Wherever the cuts bite, people within the community will feel the effects greatly. If you close libraries, which seems the most likely, the elderly who view this service, along with mother groups, would suffer.
Perhaps a small charge for using the bus service, say 50p for the elderly would not go amiss – the amount of elderly using this service would add to the coffers, charge any more and the buses would be running empty.
A further service cut would be to the amount of waste bins that blight the town – progress within the collection of waste has come on leaps and bounds since this service was introduced.
Children, the handicapped, the elderly, these people must be protected. We can all play a part if people take the time and trouble, but I won’t hold my breath, we live in a selfish world today. What’s the phrase? United we stand...)
We must not spend more than we earn
Before anyone is able to contribute in a meaningful manner about cuts or savings to the council budgets, they would need to study the statements of accounts, not only about front-line services, but how the council’s accumulated income is being distributed in other ways. It is impossible for the public to offer advice without this knowledge.
How much is the wage bill? How much have they spent on expenses? How many millions have they stashed away in their financial reserves? How much have they spent on foreign travel? How much money is left at the end of the financial year that they haven’t spent?
There are many hundreds of other outgoings the public have no idea about that whittle away the budget. This is the area that needs looking into.
The public have no idea about business accountability, other than their household budgets, which they have to balance and cut out any non-essentials. Maybe the council should consider the same principle.
Derek J Bunting
Give the public a voice on services
Once again, the Labour-run council moans about lack of funds and the cutbacks it is forced to make because of austerity measures forced upon it by the Tory government.
Oh woe is me – it’s pathetic.
Did the Illuminations switch-on make or lose money? If it lost money, stop and think what you’re doing and go back to a great free switch-on that we used to have.
Stop wasting money and start looking for ways that improve and make money.
I have written on several occasions to various departments on how the streets of Blackpool are paved with gold, if only council bosses got together to work and earn their keep. Instead of dismissing every idea that comes forward from the public, look at them more closely.
Do not let emotions cloud our judgement
Margaret Thatcher once said she was not for turning. David Cameron clearly is.
Only the flint-hearted could fail to be moved by the recent pictures of a little dead migrant boy. Strangely however, the earlier tragic death at sea of 79 migrants, including four small babies, failed to move Bob Geldof and Yvette Cooper at all.
It was Churchill who said: “Emotion is a bad basis on which to build statesmanship”. The posturing notables would do well to heed his warning.
The current crisis has no workable solution. It is the most complicated humanitarian crisis since 1945, when Europe was scarred by over 27 million displaced persons. This does not mean we abandon thinking and replace it with outpourings of emotion.
We should also stop blaming ourselves. Those churchmen who claimed the problem has been caused by an unfeeling government are wrong. The tiny child is dead because evil criminal traffickers cynically lined their pockets by sending the boy and hundreds of others to a watery grave.
Dr Barry Clayton
Remember charity when making a will
At Leonard Cheshire Disability we are marking ‘Remember A Charity’ week because gifts in wills are such a vital source of support for our charity.
This week, we want to raise awareness of how much of a difference gifts in wills make to disabled people and encourage people not to put it off. We support more than 7,000 people with often very complex disabilities every year and we rely on gifts in wills to continue helping them reach their full potential.
We hope you will consider leaving a gift in their will to Leonard Cheshire Disability. Find out more by going to leonardcheshire.org/giftsinwills, or call 020 3242 0410.
Leonard Cheshire Disability