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OVER 100 WORKERS COULD LOSE JOBS IN SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY MASSACRE
 

Star date: 9th February 2018

FIVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERIES COULD CLOSE WHILE COUNCIL TAX RISES ALMOST 5%

Over one hundred nursery workers could lose their jobs as Salford City Council proposes to axe all of its five nurseries that look after some of the most vulnerable children in the city.

On top of this, Council Tax is set to rise by 4.99%, while £11.2million cuts will mean more services will be scaled back.

Full details here...


Over one hundred, mostly young, workers could lose their jobs as Salford City Council is to begin a consultation on the future of its five nurseries which look after some of the most vulnerable children in the city.

The nurseries that could be closed are: Little Hulton Day Nursery, Barton Moss Day Nursery, Higher Broughton Day Nursery, Belvedere Day Nursery and Winton Day Nursery.

Salford Council is blaming Government changes in the way the Dedicated Schools Grant is operated but the Salford Star understands that this legislation was brought in almost a year ago, and that the £1.75million budget is possibly being used to offset pressures elsewhere in children's services.

Indeed the nursery massacre isn't even a part of the £11.2million cuts that the Council also announced this afternoon. Here, 're-profiling', 'reprocurement exercises', 'reforms', 'revised arrangements' and 'Redesign of services' have meant the impact is hidden behind a shield of gobbledygook.

It does, however, seem that the Council has done a u-turn on axing nine jobs in Health Improvement (see previous Salford Star article Ė click here), although two posts have been lost 'through a voluntary arrangement and filling a vacancy in the Public Health team from the Health Improvement Service'.

Elsewhere, £4.4million reserves have been found down the back of the Council couch and £200,000 income from Manchester Airport has helped mitigate the worst affects. Council Tax is also set to rise by 4.99% - 2.99% in 'core funding' and 2% for the 'adult social care precept'.

But the potential axe for the five Council nurseries is by far the worst of today's announcements, and a public meeting has already been called for a week on Saturday, 17th February, 11am, at Hemsley House on the Crescent, next to the old police station.

Update: 10th February:

Save Salford Council Nurseries Public Meeting called by UNISON for Sat 17th Feb - click here for more details

For more details on the cuts Ė click here


Felsey wrote
at 10:38:27 on 12 February 2018
I urge my Union Unison to save these jobs by inviting 20 under threat names to stand in the May local elections. One per ward. Unison to back with funding and agent advice. Take back control to save your services. The Council will then be forced to stop the demise of local services. Salford is a City and must beef up to it becoming run like a modern City not like a Labour pigeon shed.

Bob the regular wrote
at 20:09:52 on 11 February 2018
Well Mr Mayor, Felsey has put up , will you? It will not cost you a penny. You could save the nurseries if Felsey is right, and if he is wrong, you can shut his mouth for him. Either way ,you win. Whats it to be? What about our MP? what has she got to say on this? She cannot sit on the fence with this.

IRW wrote
at 06:44:18 on 11 February 2018
2 Councilliors in my ward of Irwell Riverside being seen In nearly 3 years , so sack em both like many others should and put them expenses into nurseries

Felsey wrote
at 06:42:40 on 11 February 2018
To Bob the R. Yes I would throw everything into saving 100 jobs. I remember within a few years of coming to Salford being given a panel chair at the New Statesman seminar right along side John Merry, Leese and Blears. I also know me not getting to be Salford Mayor in 2012 has lost Salford Council £100million a year as the knowledge I offered back then was well able to capture HQ lead community status for Salford if they had embraced my solutions. If Salford Council fails to save these 100 jobs I fear the economy of our City Council will go into a disaster beyond comprehension.

Bob the regular wrote
at 19:55:10 on 10 February 2018
I know balls all about the intricacies of nursery education. All I know is that I went to one and it was great.London street near Freddy road.Mrs Gartside assistant head lovely lady.Lived on the old sutton flats if I remember right. All kids deserve this start in life. Its the councils fault not the government. They are the ones who waste all the cash .With regard to our old pal Felsey, he does seem to know what he is talking about when it comes to talking about training grants and all that. Remember, he used to run training schemes financed with government and e u cash.Whilst our numbties waste millions at a time ,the euro lot waste it by the billion. Lets get what we can.Let us arrange a meeting between Felsey and Dennet. Felsey would go I am sure, but would Dennet? If Felsey can pull this one off, and I think he could,it would make our Labour lot look stupid, and make him a hero in our city. If he couldn't he would have to shut up for a bit. It is up to you Felsey, are you prepared to meet our mayor to discuss this idea or are you not? Same for you Mayor Dennet, are you prepared to discuss this idea with Felsey?

Maverick wrote
at 17:51:06 on 10 February 2018
My wife is one the staff members affected by this announcement,do the Council value Salford Rugby Club above the needs of young children and families as I have seen a story saying the council have allowed Salford Rugby Club a 3 Year payment holiday on a loan valued at £1.5m,the exact shortfall in funding needed to keep the Nurseries open

Felsey wrote
at 13:52:51 on 10 February 2018
Thank you Jewels, obviously a complex topic too serious for short replies. But let me tell you the rules on Apprenticeships changed last year. Even a Director can in theory take a level 2 Apprenticeship. Hence the Level 3 qualified Nursery workers could switch, pulling in £1million from Tory Government training schemes which local University then fund into Apprenticeship worker provision as part of integrated holistic care development initiatives able to access a £150million European Union health fund. Salford Councillors are missing out by not realising we remain in the EU until after Brexit and all that EU slushy cash is there for us to save workers jobs. If I was Mayor I would appoint a Cash Grab Director to squeeze every £million due to Salford before Brexit kicks in. Salford Council can become the richest in Europe with no job cuts, no rent increases, no homelessness and all paid for through legally creative accounting.

Alice wrote
at 11:54:24 on 10 February 2018
When making the decision to close these nurseries did the Council really understand what it was doing. There are two crucial issues which should have been discussed. Firstly, closing nurseries puts the mothers, who rely in these facilities to support their need to work, in a desperate position. If they are single parent families this will threaten their very ability to financially survive. Secondly, early childhood education has been proved to be the most effective way to prepare children for formal education. Before the age of five children learn more than in any other period in life. So the closure threatens these children's development. I recognise that this nasty Government has issued more cuts but cuts in this area will be a false economy. I speak from a base of knowledge. My degrees are in Economics with a Masters in Educational Development. The Council must think again.

Paul Gerrard wrote
at 06:41:41 on 10 February 2018
This is unacceptable on any level. Up to 100 nursery staff unemployed, hundreds of parents driven from council provision into the hands of some dubious local providers, children's development and preparation for school disrupted. Well done to UNISON who, at very short notice, have responded by calling a meeting for all concerned next Saturday. I and other anti cuts activists will be there.

Jewels wrote
at 06:41:27 on 10 February 2018
Message to Felsey. You cannot staff Nurseries with apprentices. The majority of nursery staff have to legally hold a full level 3 certificate in Early Years Practice,this is an Ofsted requirement

Felsey wrote
at 19:03:28 on 09 February 2018
I thank these Salford nursery carers and I urge Mayor Dennett to reconsider because there is no need to cut 100 workers. Mostly it says are young people. Instead switch them onto Level 2 Social Care Apprenticeship courses with Salford University where grant funding can be claimed to keep the essential services going.

Disgruntled with the Toryís. wrote
at 17:12:15 on 09 February 2018
In six years my benefits have gone up by £2.10 , while I pay full rent and council tax keep soaring every year, Iím a disabled man , and this Tory government , donít give a tit about us , I really will struggle like many others in salford and around the country, It may come to food bank for me, I surely cannot continue living this way anymore, Thank you Teresa May, living the highlife as You Tory lot do.

Bob the regular wrote
at 17:11:56 on 09 February 2018
It's as simple as this, if a well funded rich council,(SURREY) that has huge reserves, watches every penny , is Tory run and very pally with Mays mob, is in financial trouble, where does that leave us with our idiotic spendthrift numbty mob? Like Warren Buffet said, you can find out who has been swimming in the nude when the tide goes out. Dennet Lancaster, merry and the Garidos swimming in the buff, what a sight for sore eyes. Never mind Mystic Meg, the writings on the wall for this lot.

Joe Oneill wrote
at 17:11:43 on 09 February 2018
Again we see an inept council hiding beneath the apron of Tory Austerity, yes the Tories have cut but i have never met a bunch of people who are so cavalier with cash as Salford Labour. When the realty hits people must realise there is no one left in Council who as the balls to question these decisions, even down to the unions every time you hear the word cut you get the same 20 or so standing outside the town hall steps waving dusty banners .Apathy as destroyed any real opposition to Labour so today we sink in a pit of our own making.

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