In autumn 2010, the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review outlined plans to reduce public spending. This meant that Manchester City Council had to make £109million of savings during the 2011/12 financial year, rising to £170million by 2012/13; this is a reduction representing around 25% of the net spend of the Council.
Manchester has proposed how it would achieve the full level of required savings across both years of the settlement. This has meant making some difficult choices, taking into account a range of factors, including cost, efficiencies, access to services and residents' needs.
During the past year, the Council has carried out a number of resident consultations about how and where savings might be made. In all cases, these proposed savings spanned the two-year period, so while this is not a formal consultation on additional budget savings for 2012/13, it does offer an update on their progress so far and their aims for the coming year. Manchester City Council welcome your views, both on this and on a decision whether to freeze council tax.
For further information and have your say, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/budgetupdate.
Deadline: Sunday 19 February 2012