Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - December issue

Last chance to help shape budget options for 2017-20

More than 2,600 people have already given their views on options for the Council’s 2017-20 budget.

Now, with just three days remaining of the consultation, anyone who wants to comment on the options for service changes and savings has until midnight on 15 December to do so.

For more detailed information about options and to give your views on them, visit

The Council is facing a budget gap of between £40million and £75million by 2019/20.

Government funding continues to fall as population, inflation and demand for services continue to rise.

Council officers have outlined a series of options totalling around £60million to address this shortfall, through efficiencies and increased income, plus some savings through service reductions.

These include proposed changes to Council Tax Support, the reduction in bills given to those most in need and proposals around Sure Start Services, which are the subject of separate standalone consultations.

Councillor John Flanagan, Executive Member for Finance, said:

'We would like to thank all the people who have taken the time to respond to this options consultation so far. Understanding the priorities of Manchester people – and how particular options could affect them – will help us shape the specific proposals we put forward in the New Year.

'There’s no escaping the fact that we will still be facing some difficult decisions. But we are in a position to set a three-year budget, which means we will be able to forward plan better. So these options are about efficiencies – for instance, reducing the costs of some of the more expensive services to support vulnerable people, by putting more emphasis on early support and prevention – as much as they are about cuts.'

There will be a further consultation on the proposed budget, which will be shaped by the views expressed in this consultation, early in the New Year.

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