CAMPAIGNERS aim to lobby politicians this week in a bid to halt planned budget cuts at Wirral Council.
Council trade unions, Wirral Against The Cuts, Wirral TUC and community activists plan to meet at Wirral Labour Party’s policy conference to try and persuade the Labour-controlled council not to implement £39m cuts in services and jobs.
The council says it needs to find ways of saving money and major changes must be made to what services the authority provides, from social care to highways and parks maintenance.
Now the political organisation set up almost four years ago to campaign against library closures has been relaunched to oppose the budget cuts.
Wirral Against The Cuts spokesman Alec McFadden said: “These austerity measures will bring hardship to our communities, reduce the quality of life, lead to an increase in crime and increase unemployment and reduce essential services.”
However council leader Phil Davies has made it clear the council must set a balanced budget or the Government will step in.
He said the cuts were being forced on the authority because “the Government has targeted areas like Wirral for the biggest cuts”.
Mr McFadden said: “We are asking people to join the lobby from 9am Saturday November 24 at the Lauries Centre in Birkenhead.”