Council leader says more government cash is needed to help it look after the most vulnerable in society

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A North West council has joined calls for the Government to provide local authorities with more cash to stave off effective bankruptcy.

Sir Richard Leese, Labour leader of Manchester City Council, said his administration was looking at a financial loss of £166 million, with a shortfall of £31 million this year and £162 million in the next - a quarter of its net budget.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Richard said warnings to the Government that the council might need to use a Section 114 order - effectively declaring bankruptcy - was a warning that it would not be able to afford to look after the most vulnerable in society if more cash was not forthcoming.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Richard said warnings to the Government that the council might need to use a Section 114 order - effectively declaring bankruptcy - was a warning that it would not be able to afford to look after the most vulnerable in society if more cash was not forthcoming.

"This is more than a plea for help.

Sir Richard Leese

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