Sefton Council Services At Christmas December 14th, 2012 admin Latest News Shares Comments Sefton Council Services At Christmas Sefton Council will provide essential services only throughout the Christmas and New Year Holidays – as most staff are required to take unpaid leave as part of a series of cost-saving measures. As a result of the unpaid leave, to be taken on December 24, 27, 28 and 31, most council buildings will be closed contributing to a saving of around £800,000. This saving, made up of staff wages over the four days and other running costs, will help to balance this year’s budget. On these dates, services that will continue to operate include; social care services for adults and children, a limited street cleaning service, limited specialist transport and urgent highways issues, including gritting. Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “We will continue to operate the essential services that help our most vulnerable residents throughout the holiday period. “However, in order to help generate savings, again this year most services and buildings will be closed for longer than normal over Christmas and New Year. “Staff have had their pay reduced throughout the year in order to take four days unpaid leave. Other savings come from the reduced need for heating, lighting and running buildings, equipment and vehicles. “We continue to make savings in all services due to a reduction in Government funding. This shut-down period contributes to that.” An automated phone service will be operating during this period on 0845 140 0845. For urgent enquiries relating to Children’s Social Care (daytime December 24, 27, 28, and 31) call 0151 282 1415 for South Sefton or 01704 534 975 for North Sefton. For urgent enquiries in relation to Adult Social Care (daytime December 24, 27, 28, and 31) call 0151 529 3810 for South Sefton or 01704 704 389 for North Sefton. The normal out of hours emergency social care team will operate at all other times on: 0151 920 8234. Letters have been sent out to every household informing residents that there are no wheelie bin or plastic sack collections during Christmas week (December 24-28). View further information about refuse and recycling collection dates over the Christmas period. http://www.sefton.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=10851 Information on many services, including leisure centre opening times, as well as transactions such as paying for council tax or a parking fine, can still be accessed on the council website 24-hours a day. You can also follow Sefton Council on twitter @seftoncouncil Full council services will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!