SCRAPPING regeneration agency Liverpool Vision, slashing all funding for arts and cultural organisations and axing the Mathew Street Festival are under consideration as Liverpool council struggles to cut more than £50m from its budget.
Free school milk for youngsters, uniform grants, school crossing patrols and cutting care from 2,000 people with ‘substantial’ needs are also on the table.
The voluntary sector and faith groups could also see their funding halved and council tax could go up by 2.5%.
In an unprecedented move the council announced £90m-plus of cuts options as it seeks to find £50m of savings forced on it by the government.
Liverpool council insisted it has not yet made any decisions and is working to protect the most vulnerable.
Council leader Joe Anderson said: “Some of what we are looking at makes it very difficult for us to sleep at night.
“I think people recognise that we are in a really difficult position and have got to consider all the options.”
“Everything on that list is a priority for the council, we are now prioritising the priorities.”
The Liberal Democrat opposition accused the Labour-run council of playing politics with the cuts as 78% of the money needed to be saved can be done so via “efficiencies”.
Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp said: “The Labour Party is playing politics with this. I am not saying that saving £10m is easy, but it is better than £50m.”