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.