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Blackburn Council Services (many!) BB

Location: UK » North West » BB

Mobile library service to be cut and library opening hours reduced. Arts and cultural events / provisions to be cut include reduction in opening hours, special events and local museums reduced to seasonal or four day week opening. Twenty play areas to close, four bowling greens.

Half of the housing department to lose their jobs.  The affordable housing programme is being scaled back, with less new accommodation being built.
The council says this is ‘likely’ to lead to an increase in homelessness.

Bus services that currently receive a council subsidy because they do not make a profit for the operator. This will mostly affect rural communities, many of which rely on the bus for a connection to the town centres and vital services, eight routes to be cut including one to the only hospital with A and E in East Lancashire. A further 8 reduced service.

Projects to boost employment and regeneration in the borough will be cut by 70 per cent following the demise of the North West Regional Development Agency.

Potholes will be repaired on a danger to the public basis only.
Public protection work, including dealing with illegal alcohol, tobacco and firework sales, will be reduced, and the community safety budget has been cut by £1.4million.

Beat Sweep days, when police and council teams target a specific area, will be reduced, and the council’s ability to prevent domestic violence will be reduced because of a funding cut.

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