The services Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to axe
CCTV: Monitoring of the council's 220-strong CCTV camera network will be scaled back to save £70,000. 'Hotspots' will be covered at peak times. Cameras will still record 24-hours a day, but reduced monitoring means fewer incidents can be prevented before they escalate. The authority is to enter talks with Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis about how police can support the service. It could lead to CCTV from across the entire county being monitored from Stoke-on-Trent to help fund the service.
Environmental crime: Cuts of £50,000 to the unit will mean the team can continue to investigate and clean up fly-tipping and illegal dumping. But the service will be slower, and it will become 'reactive not proactive' – meaning targeting campaigns to prevent fly-tipping in trouble spots will be shelved. More fines will be handed out.
Staff: Up to 200 more jobs will be cut from April. Pay is again frozen for staff and councillors, although workers who earn the minimum wage will see their pay rise to a 'living wage' of £7.45 an hour. Planned savings of £2 million which will see workers' contracts torn up and rewritten without entitlements like allowances for working nights and weekends are to go ahead. Council leader Mohammed Pervez said: "Under normal circumstances we wouldn't look at this but the game is getting very though."
Nurseries: An underspend in Government grants paid directly to schools will be used to slow down the pace of cuts to free nursery provision, but it will still be cut from 30 hours to the legal minimum of 15 by September 2014. The 'leeway' provided by a phased introduction of the cuts will give the council time to work on its wider plans to improve rock bottom performance at key stage one. There will be more 'targeted' support for problem families and more parents directed to under-used children's centres to offset the changes.
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