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1 Posted 20/08/2018 at 10:26:58
£444m a year taken away by central Govt leaving only a third of 2010's Council budget.
In the World's sixth biggest economy nobody should be homeless or hungry. And education is the only way out for most and yet this and mental healthcare is inadequately funded despite the explosion of Dementia cases the country is experiencing.
It's great what Everton FC (and Liverpool FC to a much lesser extent) do, but it should be the icing on the cake, not the cake itself!
Kenwright has drawn my criticism on a lot of issues over the years, but ultimately he should be remembered for EitC, something every Evertonian should be proud of. Staying in the Premier League has obviously had more benefits to more people than we might have realised.
2 Posted 20/08/2018 at 11:51:17
For me, its always been the way. The people of this great city help one another. I know lots of examples of people going above and beyond to help people and this is an extension of that on a more industrial scale. I do think Everton have led the way here, but its great to see Liverpool are doing their fair share too.
However, this should be the work of the government, and clearly there are failings at local level, the article blames austerity. On a national level, I think weve always been ignored in my lifetime except for a 10 year spell where the EU funded regeneration schemes that kicked the city back into life culminating in the 2008 celebrations where the city announced itself back on the global scale as a major city and a tourist attraction once more.
Clearly, the city has made real progress over the last 20 years. The city centre has been the real focus and this is understandable as we need the city at its iconic best to attract the private investment and jobs. But there is a very long way to go, and there has been a disconnect between the middle class whove been attracted to the city, either the ones whove taken the employment opportunities, or the students whove graduated and enjoyed the city so much theyve then built their lives here. Its the working class who need the focus now to improve the appalling standard of living for so many.
Its heartening to see the work these two football clubs are doing, but we should remember that they are colossal companies with massive turnovers and funding to do something here. Not only that, other big businesses are happy to attach themselves to work that the likes of EitC do, so the clubs can also facilitate such projects with outside investment.
3 Posted 20/08/2018 at 19:27:13
As for the city itself, as someone who lived through the utter desolation of the 80s, it's never looked better to me. It is vibrant, outward looking, and full of life. We are attracting tourists, students and young professionals like never before.
It's been a long road back, but Liverpool is in a better state than at any other point in my lifetime. Those who have more than they need should be happy to give some to the community, and Everton are taking the lead. Hopefully other commercial entreprises will follow and those who are successful can lend a hand to those in need. Fuck the government, put your hand in your pocket if you're doing well, look after your own.
4 Posted 20/08/2018 at 19:42:13
Been going on a long time. I'm surprised it's had a mention in any form of mainstream media, it rarely gets such. It's overt outright theft and deliberate managed decline of the country and financial standing of the population. Look at your Council Tax, relate it to what it was 80s/early 90s, and then compare with like-for-like earnings of your job(s) back then. A huge increase, all on the back of reduced services and asset base of local authorites.
I've been flamed many times in the past for daring to criticize the horribly and incessantly pushed charity scene as a whole. "How could you demean the good of people?"
Truth is, it is being used to replace what were and should be, essential services already paid for by taxation (or so they used to say).
Michael, I fully agree with your last paragraph - providing this is done in hand with the money actually taken from people and not in lieu of it.
5 Posted 20/08/2018 at 19:46:16
There have been times charities have worked with (and often taught) the public sector. At other times, like now, they have been a replacement welfare state.
The sector increasingly has to turn to corporate bodies like Everton and the commitment and leadership of EitC has been magnificent.
But now big business with a stake in the city needs to start contributing in the same way.
The Peel Holdings and Grosvenor Estates (L1) who have a huge stake in the city centre future also need to invest anx support of areas in the city that are still struggling. In the end they are their customers.
You can watch such charitable donations happening all the time in London and now need our business to step forward too.
EitC can teach them a few things.
6 Posted 20/08/2018 at 19:54:54
7 Posted 20/08/2018 at 19:58:44
In all my career, the aim of the charity should be to become no longer needed.
8 Posted 20/08/2018 at 20:02:39
As Knighthoods are handed out all over the shop for just being famous (it seems), I really do believe it should be Sir William Kenwright.
9 Posted 21/08/2018 at 05:47:22
10 Posted 21/08/2018 at 07:17:10
You also have to gnash your teeth at the incompetence of politicians and leaders everywhere to do more to use this planets resources more efficiently and more evenly for all.
11 Posted 22/08/2018 at 03:47:07
One can be immensely proud of the club for its work and I am not blind to the obvious question of why it had to be done in the first place. But it has been done and I wholeheartedly applaud all concerned for its success. I have on these pages lambasted our chairman over the years but, on this issue, I can only take my hat off to him and say well done and thank you.
12 Posted 22/08/2018 at 04:46:37
I am a mega critic of his tenure at EFC, but I (head-scratchingly) tip my hat to him there.
One hopes it's not all some sort of tax dodge mind!
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