Council budget cuts protest

Local authorities in the North West have said they will be making cuts to balance their budget.

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Manchester council pass £80m budget cuts

Residents in Manchester will see their council tax rise by almost 4% as the City Council seeks to make savings of £80m over the next two years.

A flash mob of protestors wearing masks of the council leader Sir Richard Leese made their feelings known outside the Town Hall last night.

Council tax will go up 3.7%, the highest in the north west.

They are now looking at ways to work with the community to keep a number of swimming pools open.

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Political reporter Daniel Hewitt on how councils are reacting to the cuts

Manchester 'one of the hardest hit' by cuts

"Manchester has again been one of the places hit the hardest by the government's financial settlement.

"It is inescapable that the funding gap we have been left with, coming as it does on top of the severe budget reductions imposed on us in the previous two years, means the council has to make very real cuts and at the same time make fundamental changes to the way it operates.

"There are glimmers of light in the gloom through new and innovative ways of working and through some well planned investment. Imaginative restructuring of services to promote better integration will mean better outcomes for many of our most vulnerable residents.

– Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Coucil
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