Consultations and surveys Budget for Council services 2023/24 to 2025/26

Neighbourhoods

Budget and focus

Our budget this year is £119m with 1,800 staff.

Neighbourhood Services staff work directly with Manchester residents to make this a better place to live, work and play. Our work improves local lives and helps showcase the city to millions of visitors every year.  

We’re creating successful, safe, strong neighbourhoods with more affordable housing, good quality green spaces, clean streets and accessible culture and sport. We also work with colleagues and partners to achieve our zero-carbon ambition by 2038 at the latest, promoting green growth, low-carbon energy, ‘retrofitting’ buildings, looking after our ‘green infrastructure’, recycling, waste disposal and responding to climate change.  

Our services help reduce crime, safeguard vulnerable people and help prevent vulnerable people being drawn into extremism. We help businesses meet their legal obligations and take firm action against those who disregard the law or act irresponsibly. We run Central Library, 15 neighbourhood libraries and 6 community libraries, and offer books to prisoners and housebound library users. We also run information and archive services, Manchester Art Gallery and cultural activities and organisations across the city. 

Our Neighbourhood teams manage and develop neighbourhoods with a local focus working closely with councillors, residents, community groups, local businesses and other partners. Our services help residents lead healthy, active lifestyles and bring people together to enjoy leisure, maintaining parks and green spaces across the city.  

Since 2021 our staff have also managed the Council’s 15,000 social homes in north Manchester, formerly run by Northwards Housing. 

£3.293 proposed savings in 2023/24 (totalling 6.856m by 2025/26)

General Neighbourhoods:

  • £150,000 from library staff vacancies 
  • £34,000 closing Digital Media Lounge in Central Library 
  • £35,000 buying fewer books  
  • £26,000 closing Manchester Art Gallery one more day a week 
  • £70,000 less on exhibitions at the gallery 
  • £764,000 by ending local investment funds and reducing ward spending 
  • £40,000 less policing costs at Christmas Markets 
  • £99,000 budgeting less to reflect staff vacancies
  • £40,000 on Christmas lights switch-on 
  • £50,000 cancelling New Year fireworks. 
  • £40,000 cancelling bonfires and fireworks 
  • £87,000 more from Heaton Park parking. 
  • £400,000 from charging for new recycling bins. 

Sundry related savings:

  • £372,000 increasing bereavement services charges by 10%.
  • £75,000 less on Youth Services.
  • £65,000 with more vacancies in Highways.
  • £250,000 on changes to parking charges and zones.
  • £250,000 less on roadside grid cleaning.
  • £3.19m from increased fees and changing work methods in Highways. 
  • £113,000 more from market rents and charges, and security savings. 
  • £79,000 by increasing pest control charges and reducing supplies 

See the full reports detailing these proposed savings 

Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee, 8 November 2022 - Neighbourhood Directorate 2023/24 Budget 

Environmental and Climate Change Scrutiny Committee, 10 November 2022 - Neighbourhood Directorate 2023/24 Budget 

Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee, 8 November 2022 - Corporate Core Budget Proposal 2023/24 

Have your say by 7 January 2023

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