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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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£80m of cuts announced at Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council is planning to make £80m of cuts over the next two years to plug a funding blackhole in its budget.

The plans include shedding 830 full time jobs at the council – on top of more than 2,000 that were lost over past two years.

Six libraries and four swimming pools could also close.

But the authority says council tax will not rise by any more than 3.9%.

A consultation on the proposed budget has been launched today.

Firmed-up plans will be put forward at an Executive meeting on February 13, with a definitive budget to be approved at the Council meeting on March 6.

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