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Round-up of Greater Manchester council cuts

Greater Manchester's councils are cutting almost £450m over the coming years Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Manchester City Council today became the latest authority in the region to announce a fresh round of spending cuts.

It’s one of 10 councils in Greater Manchester to be forced into the changes. Each authority in the region has had its central government funding reduced by more than the national average of 5.5%, with some, notably Oldham and Rochdale, dealing with cuts of more than 7%.

Over the coming years councils in Greater Manchester will make almost £450m of cuts.

It comes after 15,000 jobs were lost in town halls across Greater Manchester following the last round of budget reductions.

The list below shows how much each council has declared it needs to save in the coming years, on top of reductions already made:

  • Bolton - £43m over the next two years, 486 jobs to go
  • Bury - £26m over the next two years
  • Manchester - £80m over the next two years, 800 more jobs to go
  • Oldham - £31m next two years
  • Rochdale - £45m over the next two years, 200 jobs to go
  • Salford - £60m over the next two years
  • Stockport - £40m over the next two years
  • Tameside - £70m over the next three years
  • Trafford - £34m over the next two years, 180 jobs to go
  • Wigan - £18.8m in the next financial year, 200 jobs to go

The reductions in funding to local authorities have been met with anger from some councillors in the North West who claim they are being treated harshly compared to their counterparts in the south of England.

Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson has started a Government e-petition calling for the cuts to end.

In it he claims Liverpool is losing £252 per head and Manchester is being cut the equivalent of £209 per person.

But he says Milton Keynes is losing just £38 per head and people in North Dorset are losing £2 a head.

The Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith will tomorrow hold a debate in the House of Lords on the issue.

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