Manchester City Council

Last chance to give your views on 2017-20 budget options

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

Now with less than a week 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 www.manchester.gov.uk/budget

The Council is facing a budget gap of between £40m and £75m by 2019/20. Government funding continues to fall as population, demand for services and inflation continue to rise.

Council officers have outlined a series of options totalling around £60m 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 for Manchester City Council, 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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