The day starts brightly enough. I chat with Alan Beswick about yet another attempt from central government to foist unwanted directly elected mayors on us and then I visit King David's High School in Crumpsall to talk to sixth formers and have a look at the new building, one of many built through the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Some tough questions from the students, not surprisingly including ones about the scrapping of educational maintenance allowances and the debt that many of them are now likely to leave university with.
Downhill from there I'm afraid. The Council received its provisional revenue support grant from government yesterday. Council officers are still working through the very complicated detail but it is already clear that it is much worse than expected, indeed Manchester has one of the five worst settlements in the country. I get a letter today from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government claiming that resources are being targetted on greatest need but a spread sheet from his department showing exactly the opposite, that is unless places like Surrey and Sussex have more need than places like Liverpool and Manchester. It is very bad news but I and colleagues in the Council are determined to find a way through this nightmare scenario and ensure that the city continues to thrive.
It could of course be much worse. I end the day at the Environmental Advisory Group, so never mind the budget cuts, I can worry about whether we will have a habitable planet at all.