The cuts so far

2011

This is a list of some of the cuts that will affect the people of Portsmouth and the surrounding area, it is my no means exhaustive. If you know of any missed please comment below and they will be added to the list.

From April, Portsmouth City Council are planning to cut:
£3,210,000 from Children’s Services
£3,371,000 from Health including £1,384,000 from Adult Social Care
£2,599,000 from Education and another £8,000,000 from other vital services
Portsmouth Connexions Youth Service has been cut by 25% losing over  16 full time equivalent posts.

Portsmouth Hospitals Trust cut the equivalent of 358 full time jobs between October 2009 and July 2010. A further 99 posts could go.

Hampshire County Council is cutting £55m from this years budget leading to1,200 job losses
£6m is being cut from children’s services threatening to reduce the number of Sure Start centres from 81 to 53.
Hampshire Constabulary is cutting £20m from its budget losing 160 police officer and civilian staff posts

Fareham Borough Council cut 51 jobs and is in the process of cutting a further 42.

Gosport Borough Council is cutting 32 posts which is 12% of the workforce

Havant Borough Council is cutting funds to the Housing Aid Service

Education
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will be cut, ending vital support for students in Further Education.
Tuition fees for students in Higher Education to rise to up £9,000 a year.
11 secondary schools in Portsmouth lost £170m & 15 schools in Havant lost £120m for renovation and rebuilding in July 2010 when Building Schools for the Future was scrapped.
The University of Chichester is facing the abolition of its entire teaching grant under the government’s plans to radically cut higher education funding following the Browne Review.

From April 2011 Crisis Loans from the Benefit Agency will not be available for items such as cookers and beds.

The Refugee Council, which provides essential support for asylum seekers, refugees and their children has had its budget cut by 62%.

State Pensions are only being increased in April 2011 by the % rise in the Consumer Price Index. Previously it was upgraded by the increase in the Retail Price Index which is currently 1% higher. State Pension retirement ages and National Insurance contributions are being increased.

VAT as been increased to 20%, hitting the poorest hardest.

Access to Legal Aid has been cut.

Further from clamping down on corporate tax dodging George Osborne is making more loopholes so the rich don’t have to pay

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