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Wirral council announces £109m of cuts

Birkenhead Town Hall Photo: PA Images

Wirral Council has outlined how it plans to save £109m in the next three years.

The council says they will cut senior management, procurement, marketing, IT and the costs of buildings.

The savings recommended total around £42 million for the next year (2013/14).

In a statement the council said they would raise the council tax by 1.6%.

The council statement reads:

"No Children’s Centre, Library or One Stop Shop will close

Pensioners will continue to receive a discount on their Council Tax bills and £100,000 will be invested in enhanced advice services to mitigate the impact of benefit cuts

Additional funding of £5m will be invested in vulnerable families and we will ensure support for victims of domestic violence continues

£1m of capital funding will be invested in a new state-of-the art Youth Zone and £300,000 will be invested in an innovative project to tackle poverty led by Frank Field MP

We have also put a modest sum in the budget - £50,000 – to enhance road safety around schools."

The cuts will also mean the end of the council's long association with Tranmere Rovers FC. The club will no longer be sponsored by the council, although the statement says they will "continue to support the excellent work the Club does in both local schools and the wider community across Wirral."

Tranmere Rovers shirts bear the name of the council Credit: PA Images