LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson has warned Prime Minister David Cameron that Government cuts may lead to a repeat of rioting.
In a letter to David Cameron Liverpool’s mayor outlines the serious threat to community cohesion from government policy.
Mayor Anderson urged Mr Cameron to agree to have talks over the issue and said that he "fears the worst".
"I believe that community cohesion is being seriously threatened by the lack of funding to our city and others, I believe that the so-called summer of discontent will happen again if we do not address this issue."
In the letter the Mayor outlines how Liverpool is being forced to make cuts equivalent to £252 for every resident because of government cutbacks, reported last week in the ECHO.
This compares to an average £61 across English councils. North Dorset is least affected at just £2 a head worse off.
Liverpool comes second only to Hackney in terms of highest cuts per person, according to recent figures compiled by Newcastle council. Knowsley is almost as badly hit at £251 per head, third in the national list.
Today Liverpool Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Richard Kemp said the letter was "irresponsible" and talking up the possibility of a new round of riots increased the likelihood.
"This is scaremongering of the worst type, next Wednesday the council chief executive and I are meeting with senior advisors to the Deputy Prime Minister (Nick Clegg) which is far better than just blustering."
Mayor Anderson and the Bishop of Liverpool James Jones are to host a cuts summit next month with leaders from Bristol, Sheffield, and Birmingham.
In his letter the Mayor warns: "Some local authorities are being dismantled because of the scale of the cuts they are required to make, there are others that are practically no worse off."
He added: "We anticipate the impact of the changes in welfare reform to have a significant detrimental impact on the economy of the city as there will be even less money in circulation than at present."
Last month Bishop James questioned the fairness of the way cuts were being made, during a debate in the House of Lords.
Mayor Anderson refers to the Bishop’s intervention, and added: "I fear the worst in respect of our ability to continue to deliver services to the vulnerable and desperate people in some of the most deprived communities, not just in Liverpool but the country.
"I ask you to reflect upon calls for the government to consider the fairness argument, in light of the considerable weight of evidence, and review the formula before the desperate measures take effect and remove the things that make for a quality of life, the very things that complement and contribute towards a ‘big society’."