Reading through Newcastle's new budget now. Savings on street cleaning (only 'offensive graffiti will be removed') and less street sweepingFrom @danielashby on Twitter:
Leader of the Council, Nick Forbes, has described the council's £90m cuts as 'the end of local government' as he knows it.
He said it was 'the darkest day' that the public services in Newcastle had ever seen.
Newcastle City Council has announced how it proposes to save £90m.
- Cut 1,300 jobs within the council
- Close 10 branch libraries, and keep 8 'core' libraries open
- Give away responsibility of 4 leisure centres
- Close the City Pool
Libraries, play groups and theatres could all be in the firing line today as Newcastle City Council reveals how it proposes to save ninety million pounds.
They are just a number of services facing the axe as the council has to cut its budget by a third.
The council says that it has to make the savings because its grant from central government has been dramatically reduced.
Newcastle Council will announce at 6pm this evening how it will cut a third of its budgets over three years.
The council must make £90m of cuts. It has been reported that libraries, cultural services and children's groups are all in the firing line.