Space and Speed

Having made a somewhat doddery extension to my social media world with my first Twitter Q and A, I've been a bit remiss in keeping up with blogging. It's also been a very busy month dominated of course with budget preparation but with a few other big items including the purchase by MAG of Stansted Airport and the announcement of the route and station locations for High Speed Rail between Birmingham and Manchester.

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8am this morning, draft budget proposals went live on the City Council's website. I was tempted to try and give headlines in this post but even a shortened version of the proposals would run to several pages.

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Building Confidence

Still busy with the budget. We will be making draft budget proposals public at around 8am tomorrow and inviting feedback on them between then and February 13th when the Council Executive will be meeting to agree its budget recommendations to the Council meeting on Friday 8th, March. The scale of the cuts will inevitably mean hard decisions, and spending more on any item will mean spending less on another. Even so, we don't claim a monopoly of wisdom and would be delighted if anybody out there has better ideas than any of our draft proposals being published in the morning.

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Not surprisingly, since coming back into the office last week most of my time has been spent on the final stages of preparing the Council's budget in the light of a very poor but not unexpected provisional grant settlement from government. That work is still far from complete and I will be returning to this subject either later this week or early next. In the meantime I want to talk about this morning's meeting of the Manchester Partnership Board.

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