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British Legion concern over Sefton council cuts ‘risk’ to Remembrance Day services


WAR veterans today blasted cash-strapped Sefton council over its plans to cut back on organising Remembrance Day services.

Proposals put forward by Sefton council would see the department tasked with arranging the poignant annual memorials axed.

The Royal British Legion today said it fears it could be left up to them to pay for and organise the services, which were held in 11 of the borough’s towns this year .

A report going before senior councillors tomorrow tells how cutting the Mayoral Office to the statutory minimum would leave “a reliance on partners such as the Royal British Legion...to deliver residual events” – including Remembrance Services.

In a joint report, Sefton’s head of transformation services, Jan McMahon, and head of finance and ICT, Margaret Rawding, admit: “The main risk is around sensitive events such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Remembrance Services and the ability of partner organisations to continue the facilitation of these events.”

A council spokesman last night insisted that Sefton would “continue to support” the events.

But the Sefton Royal British Legion branch expressed shock at the proposal and announced plans to lobby outside Bootle town hall tomorrow morning ahead of the meeting.

Committee member Jack Colbert, a former Sefton councillor, claimed the branch had not been consulted “in any way, shape or form”.

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