1. ITV Report

Up to 900 jobs could go at Manchester council

Up to 900 jobs could go at Manchester City Council as part of the second wave of spending cuts.

A voluntary redundancy window has been opened as the council look to save around £80m over the next two years. That's on top of the £170m spending reduction already imposed by central government.

The move means almost one in eight of the seven and a half thousand staff at the town hall are at risk of losing their jobs.

Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese said: "This is a very difficult time for Manchester City Council staff and, indeed, Manchester residents. We have already seen our staff levels reduced by more than 2,000 over the past two years. "Staffing costs are a significant proportion of expenditure and we believe that the necessary reduction could be in the region of 700 to 900 posts.

A meeting of the council’s executive team will be held next Wednesday to approve the proposals.