Manchester City Council

First Cut is the Deepest

Unfortunately not. Yesterday Councils up and down the country began to get the first details of the cuts in this year's expenditure the new government are imposing on us. Manchester's "share" is £7m. It's not a fair share as it's more than 25% above the average reduction.

It will feel like more than £7m as we are already more than two months into the financial year and there is more to come this year. Even so these cuts will pale into insignificance in comparison with what is likely to happen in future years. Start tightening your belts now!

However Manchester is not about to start wallowing in self-pity about how hard things are. Along with our partners across Greater Manchester we are determined to keep the city moving (in a very sustainable way) forward. We will be working with England's other major cities to influence the national policy agenda, and today I'm off to Liverpool for a Core Cities Leaders meeting. This cross-party group of eight cities has had real success over the last few years in shaping policy by demonstrating with hard evidence how cities are an essential part of the solution to economic underperformance of the English regions. Today is the first meeting post general election and so will have a big job to do in setting out the strategy for working with the new government.

This evening I hope to call in at the launch of the World Cup big screen area in Castlefield. Hopefully we have learnt from previous experience, and that football supporters in Manchester can show the rest of the country that we can watch football collectively without turning into a bunch of drunken louts.

There are 19 responses to “First Cut is the Deepest”

  1. David Telford Says:

    Perhaps you should have started cutting your cloth accordingly sometime ago. The public are fed up of paying for council waste

  2. David Says:

    Come on I've worked for your council and i,ve never seen such an overmanaged business where managers cant make a decision without multiple reports and meeting by which time they have forgot what they were trying to do.....make adecision cut your beauracracy

  3. Paul Says:

    Is it any wonder that the goverment wants to slash your budget when you go about producing leaflets like "the joy of sex for the over 50's". Stop whinging and going on jaunts and start governing, this is what you were elected to do. Stop wasting my taxes.

  4. Duke Fame Says:

    There is some irony that we're being warned of cuts to core services yet there was money in the budget for luxuries like a big screen at Castlefield!

  5. Matty Says:

    Just like to say what a fantastic day we had in castlefield at the live screening event. It was well organised, friendly and a great atmosphere! Did'nt see any trouble (except the result).
    Cheers!

  6. frank Says:

    Not more tory cuts. I remember the ruin and sell off that Thatcher caused. I hope it doesn´t affect the tram expansion.

  7. Dave Says:

    From what I see you have'nt learnt anything, you are still off on these meeting with unelected quangos (the core cities leaders meeting just a talking shop)
    What you don't seem to realise is that the Tories are going to cut all these unelected talking shops. At last a government that wants to save taxpayers money.

    Sadly for you central government will not give you more taxpayers money to waste on great ideas like the congestion charge or Id cards.

  8. Kev P Says:

    What utter drivel from these commenters! This is money that would be spent on such inconsequential things as paying teachers and social workers! I am disgusted by these cuts and the admission of the new Local Government Minister that the poor will be the hardest hit - though we always knew that would happen under the Tory Lib Dems didn't we?

  9. Anthony Says:

    It might be good to get your facts right before you start banging on about luxuries. The Castlefield Fan Zone is sponsored by Hyundi and doesn't cost council tax payers anything. The frontline services the Tories - and Lib Dems - are now cutting will reaslly hurt Manchester people. We should work together and stand up for Manchester against these cuts rather than turn on the Council. Investing in teachers, support workers and investing in our local schools and services for young people is not "council waste" its making sure that people are supported and we get the best for Manchester residents.

  10. frank Says:

    Another question: does this cut affect the buy-out of the old firestation by Picc station?

  11. Dave Says:

    Ref Number 8

    Since were still in a recession caused by who (I wonder who de-regulated the banks in 1997 then?)
    and since the Labour Party if they won said they were going to cut harder than thatcher did in the 80's(Alister Darling) are you supprised that the Government is making cuts to balance the books. BTW just in case you did'nt know there is one area in North Manchester that is in the top three areas for social depravation not just in the North West but the whole country(whos been in power in Manchester for the last fourty years again?

  12. Dave Says:

    Reference No 6
    'Not more tory cuts'
    Lets get this sorted out who de-regulated the banks in 1997 that allowed them to get into a state that two years ago nearly caused the country to collopse, was it the Tories? Who left the new Government a deficit of £870 Billion which itself would require a payment of £70 billion in interest payments alone, the Tories? who had more than 4 million people not working the Tories?

    The country can't afford to carry on as it has all parties agree on that but I'm sure the tram expansion will carry on.

  13. Manchester man Says:

    @ Dave – I like the debates on this blog as much as the next man but I always prefer it if people express their points of view from a position of fact.

    Labour did not deregulate the banks in 1997. I think you might be confused with the decision they took to pass control of monetary policy to the Bank of England, on the premise that decisions on interest rates etc should be made on economic, rather than political, grounds.

    There is no way that the recent financial crisis can be blamed on the decision to hand monetary policy control to the Bank of England.

    The fact of the matter is that Banks in the UK are regulated (albeit inadequately, in my opinion) by the Financial Services Authority, who came in for a lot of criticism during the meltdown for not being able, or willing, to clamp down on irresponsible lending between banks, irresponsible lending to individuals and the passing of bad debts, particularly in the sub-prime mortgage industry (this was mainly a US disease but British involvement is undeniable and its effects were global).

    Undoubtedly, the last government must take a share of the blame for failing to heed the warnings, for jumping too readily in bed with The City and for falling for the myth that if a country’s stock market and financial sector is booming then the rest of the country must be too.

    However, the prevailing culture of greed and risk taking among the financial services, the loosening of regulation, almost to the point of non-existence, of our banks and the ease with which the public can saddle themselves with debt (loans, credit cards, store credit) can be traced back to Thatcher’s government of the 1980’s.

    It was the Tories that started all this, do you honestly believe that they would have acted any differently had they been in power for the last 13 years?

    You go on about wasting tax-payers money. I agree that there is always room to tackle waste in public services but I would suggest that your fury on wasting taxes is better directed at the UK banking sector which has received somewhere in the region of £900bn of taxpayers’ money in the last couple of years and have had no changes or additional regulation imposed on them.

    In fact a proportion of the vast sum of money we have paid the banks has gone on bonuses to the very people who caused this crisis in the first place. The banks caused the recession and the people who will end up paying are people providing and receiving essential public services.

    Once again the masses end up paying the price while the few at the top of the pile carry on regardless. Seriously, does this sound like something the Tories would oppose?

  14. Dave Says:

    Reference 13

    I like it blame thatcher but who was in power for the last 13 years the Tories?

    'The fact of the matter is that Banks in the UK are regulated (albeit inadequately)'
    Who had the power to regulate them Gordon took the power of the FSA with regard to dealing with the city.

    You stated
    'However, the prevailing culture of greed and risk taking among the financial services, the loosening of regulation, almost to the point of non-existence, of our banks and the ease with which the public can saddle themselves with debt (loans, credit cards, store credit) can be traced back to Thatcher’s government of the 1980’s'

    Who was it in 2004 that de-regulated the morgage industry allowing people to borrow up to 7 times their annual salery not the Tories but once again Gordon.

    Your statement
    'It was the Tories that started all this, do you honestly believe that they would have acted any differently had they been in power for the last 13 years?,

    When Gordon came into power in 1997 he took over an economy that had the lowest GDP debt in decades an ecomony that we would die for now.

    Your statement
    'You go on about wasting tax-payers money. I agree that there is always room to tackle waste in public services but I would suggest that your fury on wasting taxes is better directed at the UK banking sector which has received somewhere in the region of £900bn of taxpayers’ money in the last couple of years and have had no changes or additional regulation imposed on them,


    Once again who gave the banks all this taxpayers money without any strings attached Gordon. How me I would have called all the CEO's in and after giving them the money cause we could'nt allow them to fail I would have sacked all of them. You've blamed the Bankers but who allowed them to have them Gordon did. Your asking me if the Tories would oppose those exect same things that Labour have done for the last 13 years.

    To blame the Tories for the failures of New Labour is all to easy but who was in power for the last 13 years?


  15. Duke Fame Says:

    What I find strngee is how these cuts seem such a surprise. Birmingham took action 12 months ago in cutting their cloth, why does it take MCC so long and why try to make political capital out of it?

    Re. Castlefields, I'd like to see the accounts confirmed tha tthis even costs nothing. Hyundai are paying for the screens, security, cleaning, advertising, policing etc etc?

    And why should the council get involved at all? Pubs etc are dying and the WC is a shot in the arm for them. Why are the CC then crowding out their business. I'm sirry, this seems to be typical big govt waste.

  16. Brian Says:

    Whatever the level of "fairness", it seems clear that public spending has become completely unsustainable. What is "unfair" is the way so much wealth is removed from the pockets of the citizens who produce...

    Brian
    <a href="http://woodboatplansresources.blogspot.com/">my blog</a>

  17. Dave Says:

    The problem with people in the UK is that they want Swedish Social Services and American taxes to pay for it. Well it can't work, when central government cuts its funding it will be front line services that will be cut. People have got to understand there is less money for social services less equipment for people coming out of hosptail its going to be tough.....

  18. Ian M Says:

    I think events like screening the World Cup in a public arena are what makes Manchester great, and improves the community feeling of a large city.

    Unfortunately, overspending previous Government administrations have left us all in trouble. But we have to move on from finger pointing, and try and figure out what to do best with what is available.

    Let's remove the pockets of poverty out of Manchester altogether. Give people a helping hand where it's needed, and remove the tiny minority that take advantage of the benefits system.

    Let's get an integrated public transport information system.

    Let's get people to work together to start new businesses, employ more people, and attract inward investment into the city.

    This city is great, and it will be even better in the future!

  19. Dave Says:

    "Let's remove the pockets of poverty out of Manchester altogether. Give people a helping hand where it's needed, and remove the tiny minority that take advantage of the benefits system.

    Let's get an integrated public transport information system.

    Let's get people to work together to start new businesses, employ more people, and attract inward investment into the city"

    Great idea but you go and get private money to do this, as theres no money to do it via the taxpayers. Sadly I don't think theres any chance of this happening moind you I can't see why for the last 13 years under a Labour Government they could'nt have been done.

 

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