Coalition: 100 days. 100 cuts
David Cameron and Nick Clegg may be smiling their way around Westminster but across the country things are already looking gloomy. As the coalition marks its first 100 days on Thursday, Matt Chorley and Brian Brady list 100 cuts, large and small, which are already biting. Some are the result of George Osborne's £6.2bn 'emergency savings', others have been applied by cash-strapped town halls and health trusts already deep in debt. And, ahead of the October spending review, one senior minister warns: 'This is only the start – you ain't seen nothing yet.'
Sunday 15 August 2010
Details of schemes affected by the cuts, their location, and how much funding has gone or is under threat
1. Rural bus services in Durham as part of a £1.3m public transport cut
2. Stay on in Liverpool scheme, Liverpool, £750,000
3. Refurbishment at Elmlea Infants School, Westbury-on-Trym, £4.5m
4. Play equipment, Huddersfield, £1.5m Schemes include revamps of children's centres in Paddock and the Dewsbury areas of Chickenley and Earlsheaton. A group of childminders in Golcar have collected more than 200 signatures for a petition demanding that the money be restored.
Bev Senior said: "I don't know what to say to the children. It's like telling them Father Christmas is coming and then saying that he's not."
5. Coastal path work, East Yorkshire, £330,000
6. Bishop of Winchester Academy, Bournemouth, £24.9m
7. Employment schemes and maintenance work at the Tyrls building, Bradford, £500,000
8. Inverclyde Council, Scotland, £34m
9. Breaking the Barriers Greenhouse Group, Leicestershire, £770,000 Helps people with disabilities to get back into work, including planting local flowerbeds.
Ann Foster, whose daughter has a job thanks to the group, said: "She wouldn't be able to get a normal job anywhere else because she has no short-term memory. She forgets what she has done an hour before. What's going to happen when I'm gone?"
10. Tower Works redevelopment, Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds, £2.5m
11. Bolton Solidarity Community Association, Lancashire, £3,000
12. Downsizing at Bronglais and Withybush Hospitals, South-west Wales, £100m
13. Think Family Scheme, Gloucester, £350,000
14. Closure of GP surgeries, Northern Ireland, £3.6m
15. Bradford City Park, Bradford, £1.3m grant deferred
The six-acre £24m park with green spaces, public art, relaxation and play areas would attract 2.2 million visits each year. Councillor David Green said: "City Park is a vital development in the heart of the city and it is where much of our regeneration plan is based. To say we are frustrated would be a massive understatement."
16. Bicester Market Square pedestrianisation, Oxfordshire, £750,000
17. York Central transformation, York, £40,000
18. Gateway regeneration project, Frodsham, £100,000
19. Spa redevelopment, Scarborough, £800,000
20. Libraries and museums, Renfrewshire £299,000
21. Meridian Music Centre, East Greenwich Library, 17 job losses Once attended by X Factor contestant Rachel Adedeji, Greenwich Community College blamed government cuts for withdrawing funding and forcing closure. Rapper Brainlokk said: "I was there for two years and learned so much, doing something that I loved. It basically changed my life. Where are the youths going to study music now?"
22. Halt to the building of new council houses, Sheffield, £4m
23. Oakmead school redevelopment, Bournemouth, £20m
24. Innovative Vision Organisation, London, £52,000
IVO was established by Africans living with or affected by HIV/Aids to provide care and support, information and advice to their community. It will now get only 13 per cent of the amount it received last year. A spokesman said: "We are threatened with insolvency. Suppliers are threatening to bankrupt individual trustees and former paid directors."
25. Connexions Staffordshire, Stafford, £568,000
26. Science Park, Liverpool, £1.5m
27. Lothian and Borders Police, Scotland, £43m
28. Lunchtime lollipop school crossing patrols, South Tyneside, part of £16m savings
The local authority earmarked 69 out of 80 lunch-time patrols for the chop from September to cut costs. Shopkeeper Alan Reed, from Hebburn, said: "I understand the need to make savings but, for the sake of a few quid, it is placing lives at risk."
29. Lydney play area, Gloucestershire, £50,000
30. The Lucerne Drive playground project, Whitstable, Kent, £105,000
31. Families Plus Hidden Harm, Northumberland, £383,987 cut Works with families where parent(s) misuse substances and there are significant concerns about the children.
Jeremy Cripps, chief executive of Children North East, said: "We recognise the severe impact that cuts in public-sector funding is having on local authorities but we were shocked to be subject to cuts which mean the loss of an important service only recently commissioned by the local authority."
32. Bishopbriggs community halls, East Dunbartonshire, possible closure, £123,750 per year saving Community halls that are used for less than 30 hours face the axe. Halls that cannot be transferred to community management will have to close.
Local MP Jo Swinson said: "Our public halls are much-valued community facilities and a great many groups and organisations will be disappointed if their meeting places are closed."
33. Chester Zoo's Natural Vision project, Chester, £40m
34. The Volunteer Centre, Kirklees, £200,000
Council cut funds for unit offering training to 150 charities and 2,500 volunteers. Better Future for the Blind chair Jean Goodison wrote urging David Cameron to intervene. She said: "We are appalled by Kirklees Council's decision to cut core funding from Voluntary Action Kirklees."
35. Hull Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Humberside, £21,000
36. Montacute Special School redevelopment, Bournemouth, £12.7m cut
School with 75 pupils aged two to 18 with learning difficulties was due to be rebuilt. Ofsted described it as "exceptional" but its building was "unsuitable" for a special school. Head Andrew Mears said: "It is unclear what other means there are for Poole council to put right the issue of these most vulnerable children being in its worst school."
37. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, £2.4m
38. The Flower Estate, Wincobank, Sheffield, £50m deferred
There were 204 new homes promised as part of the Kickstart scheme to stimulate building sites. Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield said: "If funding isn't forthcoming, it will be a big blow because creating more affordable housing to rent was a major priority raised on the doorstep during the election."
39. New Waterfront Quarter, Huddersfield, £1.3m
40. Subsidised school buses, Leicestershire, part of £66m cut County council to stop subsidising 17 services that it does not legally have to provide. Parents have staged a protest walk.
David Boon, a local parent, said: "If they remove the bus, 300 kids are going to have to be taken to school by car. It is crazy and seems to be in conflict with the council's greener environment policy."
41. Backdoor rubbish collections, Staffordshire, £52,583
42. Speed cameras, Gloucestershire, £450,000 cut
The entire budget for maintaining and buying new permanent speed cameras has been axed. The county's 27 permanent cameras will likely be abandoned in favour of mobile vans instead of being upgraded to digital. Forest of Dean road safety champion Jimmy Martin said: "Anything out there at all which will cause motorists to stick to the speed limit is a must."
43. Bus services, North Gower, £200,000
44. Rock Academy, Portishead, threatened by £2m cut to national Find Your Talent scheme
More than 160 youngsters have taken part in school holiday music and dance projects.
Senior youth worker Alan Rowe said: "We are extremely disappointed. The idea of putting money into grass-roots talent was an excellent one and I think it is somewhat short-sighted of the Government to cancel the funding."
45. Pavements and outdoor space improvements, Liverpool, £2m
46. Arcola Theatre Production Company, London, £146,000
47. Connexions, Crewe and Nantwich, £1.7m cut this financial year with some 70 job losses
Threatens youth services and youth clubs, including ones for the vulnerable, teenage parents and young jobseekers.
Chief executive Steve Hoy said: "The size of these cuts is deep and very major and is made all the worse by the need to save the full annual amount but in half a year."
48. Day care centres, Liverpool, £9m
49. Holt Park Wellbeing Centre, Leeds, £30m
50. Wynyard Park "super hospital", Hartlepool and Stockton, £464m
51. Widening the "Heads of the Valleys" road, Rhymney Valley, Wales, £600m
52. The Station youth club, Bristol, £5m frozen
The centre with café, crèche and training facilities would help youngsters, including those from disadvan-taged backgrounds or at risk of antisocial behaviour. Chief executive of the Kingswood Foundation, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, said: "If we are to ensure the future of the Station we need your help. Please show your support by putting your name to the petition."
53. Bus service subsidies, Swansea, £200,000
54. Leisure centres and public transport, Rhonnda Cynon Taf, £6m
55. Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale, £40,051
56. Northern Refugee Fund, South Yorkshire, £500,000 cut
Advice centres for migrants face closure. Chief executive Jim Steinke said: "We're very angry that something which was so obviously working has been cut in such an ill-thought-through way. The impact means we have to immediately close the regional advice service that we were still in the process of setting up."
57. Blackwood Miners' Institute, south-east Wales, £72,414
58. Ladyhill Day Centre, Newport, £200 000
59. International Music Eisteddfod, Llangollen, £500,000 annual funding threatened
One of the largest and oldest cultural festivals. Chief executive Elfed Roberts said: "If we don't get any grant then there will be no Eisteddfod. The success of the families' day on Sunday, when free tickets were handed out to allow local families to visit the Eisteddfod, may be one of the first events to be cut."
60. NHS Lothian, Lothian and Borders, £70m
61. Harrogate District Community Transport, Yorkshire, £100,000
62. Mencap, Harrow, up to £110,000 Part of £310,353 cut imposed by local NHS on the £1m given to health charities. Chief executive Deven Pillay said: "Obviously we are very disappointed as you would be with any cuts. We are concerned at the cuts they have made and need to determine on what basis they have been made."
63. Reading International Solidarity Centre, Reading, £130,000
64. Ealing CVS, London, £64,600
65. Chelmsford Agency for Volunteering, Essex, £10,000
66. Voluntary Organisations Development Agency, Tyneside, £55,000
67. Care homes closed, Durham, £35m One hundred elderly residents evicted from seven under-subscribed homes, separating friends Emma Brown and Mina Lawson – both aged 105 – who spent 40 years together. Carole Lawson, Mina's daughter-in-law, said: "They had hard lives and survived two world wars. They don't deserve this. A decent council would look at two ladies aged 105 living together happily as a positive advert for how they treat the elderly."
68. Centre for Equality and Diversity, Dudley, £98,000
69. Community First East Hampshire, £78,000
70. Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS, Lancashire, £7,000
71. Sussex Autistic Society, Sussex, £75,000
72. Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Croydon, £27,000-a-year cut in council funding
The cut is the equivalent of supporting 2,700 survivors of sexual violence on the helpline, seeing 23 survivors face-to-face for a year's counselling or supporting 108 survivors through the advocacy department from reporting their rape to the end of their trial. A spokesman said: "We need your help to save our services."
73. Learning Links (Southern) Ltd, Portsmouth, £135,000
74. Goblin Combe Environment Centre, Bristol, £58,000
75. Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, Coventry, £128m
76. Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services, Essex, £28,000
77. Youthline, Cheltenham, £20,000 annual funding cut Trained volunteers, aged 17 to 24, give free telephone advice to teens and young adults. Volunteer Ian Boucker, said: "They (the council) say they want to prevent crime and they want the estates to be a better place, but they cut the funding. It is despicable and they need to reconsider what they are doing."
78. Out Proud & Equal in Northamptonshire, Northampton, £50,000
79. The Forest Bus community development project, Hampshire, £50,000
80. Hay Festival of Literature, Hay-on-Wye, £165,681 annual funding threatened
One of 32 bodies for which the Arts Council Wales is restructuring funding. These proposed cuts could mean a considerably smaller festival. Festival director Peter Florence said: "It's vital smaller groups without strong bases and international dimensions don't get their core resources cut, and we'll continue to work with all our local arts producers to support them over the next few years."
81. Nottingham CVS, £125,000
82. Road improvement schemes, Craven, Skipton, £148,000
83. Charnwood Recycling Project, Loughborough, £100,000 a year Provides work for adults with Down's syndrome, Asperger's and autism collecting goods to recycle. Councillor Max Hunt said: "This looks like an easy target for Tory cuts. They are taking away from people who do not have a voice."
84. An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, £390,870
85. New library books, Gloucestershire, £200,000 cut from £1m budget
86. Gwent Young People's Theatre, Abergavenny, £255,113 funding cut to £30,000
The theatre group performs to 20,000 pupils in 300 different schools every year.
Former theatre member and West End star Caroline Sheen branded the decision to close it a crime, saying: "GYPT is just one part of the amazing world Gwent Theatre has created in the community."
87. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sussex, faces losing £70,000
88. Free and subsidised school travel, Bath, £63,000
89. Wales in Bloom, Newport, £30,000 withdrawn
The competition which encourages towns, cities, villages and businesses to brighten up their environment has had all funding cut by tourism agency Visit Wales.
Medwyn Williams, winner of 11 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, said: "It has achieved a hell of a lot. It will be very sad if it can't continue because it's a way of keeping our environment in check and encourages people to go to see places."
90. Fund for community to buy Travellers Rest pub, North Yorkshire, £50,000 to £100,000
91. British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), Coventry, £65m
92. Deprivation funding, Strabane, Northern Ireland, budget cut from £2m to £1.76m
The area has one of the lowest wealth bases in Northern Ireland. Council chief executive Philip Faithfull said: "Reducing government subvention into this area will perpetuate the legacy of unemployment, child poverty, disadvantage and ill health experienced here."
93. Infrastructure Planning Commission, Bristol, £7m
94. New juvenile prison, Leicester, £25m
95. The Bolton Sahara Project, Coventry, £89,000 cut Project helping Asian women with mental health issues is forced to close after being rejected for Bolton Council's Vision grants.
Local MP Julie Hilling said: "Things are going to get worse. These groups do such great work, but I am scared at what is going to happen in the future without many of them to help the most vulnerable people in society."
96. Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Wiltshire, £10m
97. Ward closures, Southend Hospital, Essex, £10m cost-cutting drive
98. Llandough Maternity Unit, south-east Wales, £23.9m
99. Street lights, Swansea, saving of £100,000 expected About 1,500 of the 27,000 lights in the city will be turned off, making residents more susceptible to crime and road accidents. Francis Davies commented, "Turning the lights off makes an accident much more likely. It's madness."
100. New Hook Norton Playground, Oxfordshire, £47,000
Additional reporting by Rory Crew and Lettice Franklin
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