500 Wirral social services staff go

MORE than 500 adult social services staff are among those leaving the council it has been revealed.

Many of these are frontline staff a scrutiny meeting examining the cuts was told during a meeting at Wallasey town hall last night.

It was one of four meetings set up by Labour to scrutinise budget cut impacts.

Two other meetings were adjourned after coalition councillors objected on the grounds that the budget has not yet been set.

The health and wellbeing scrutiny meeting examining adult social services proceeded as long as it did not stray into budget areas.

Labour leader Steve Foulkes said he believed the coalition was too embarrassed to postpone the meeting when so many members of the public had attended.

Asked how many frontline staff are leaving, director of social services Howard Cooper explained that while 102 staff who left before January 31 were “back office” the other 400 staff leaving were “largely in services no longer being maintained”.

Mr Cooper insisted services “will be provided in a different way”. Around 1,300 staff are expected to go as the council seeks to make savings.