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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Council budget cuts protest

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