IT’S been coming for a long time, but the extent of the council cuts is becoming clearer.
Calderdale Council has unveiled its budget proposals for the next three years and every department will be hit with changes and cutbacks.
It’s a sign that perhaps changes at Kirklees, yet to be announced, could be similar.
Among the cuts and changes are job losses, library funding cutbacks, price increases for leisure services and responsibilities moved around.
One suggestion is for schools to pay for their own road safety and school crossing patrols.
Although some money may be moved to help fund the service, it’s an extra burden on the education budget.
As part of the consultation, people said they wanted frontline services to be protected and vulnerable people to be given the support they need. That will be difficult when the adult social care service faces a shortfall of £3m.
People understand cuts have to be made, but now it’s up to residents, having viewed the proposed changes, to fight against cuts to services they feel are important.
In short, make your voice known before it’s too late.