Here's an example of what I mean by their cuts. One of the community centres in my ward put together a great summer programme for all ages as they have for some years now. It then became apparent that some of the activities were getting cancelled or stopped. So some parents wrote, as I did, to the Children and families dept to complain.
Here's an extract from the reply I received yesterday;
"I fully realise there have been some disappointments about the programme this summer but this has been because of staffing difficulties with one (staff member) having been off (ill) and (another) having left under the voluntary severance scheme.
CLD have had an organisational review which lost 16.5 jobs across the city and a budget reduction of £865000K.
It is unfortunate that what has previously been provided in the past cannot be sustained in the future particularly given the above reductions".
There it is, in black and white. The SNP/Libdems are admitting that their cuts mean they cannot deliver what we delivered for young people. It is a scandal that those in most need are suffering because of SNP/Libdem incompetence. Of course, we now have a "city dresser" so all those young people who previously enjoyed these services can head up to Princes Street and enjoy the flags...oh hud me back!
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