COUNCIL tax will rise by 1.8%, 10 libraries will close and services to the vulnerable will be scaled back in Liverpool under a series of measures due to be approved last night.
As The Post went to press councillors were voting on Liverpool council’s budget for the financial year starting in April.
Under the cuts weekly bin collections for 63% of homes in the city will be ditched and replaced with a fortnightly service. The changes will start later in the year.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson was also expected to use the meeting to announce a review of the local democracy which could lead to the number of councillors being cut and elections being held every four years.
He is setting up an independent review that will also look at whether the boundaries of the city’s 30 wards should be re-drawn.
He also was expected to announce a plan to allow youngsters to decide how to spend money from the sale of a playground which is making way for a large regeneration scheme.
Around £1.5m will be given to the city’s Youth Parliament to spend on new play facilities.