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900 Council Jobs To Be Cut

Manchester City Council announces plans to make savings of £80m over the next two years

Published on November 30th 2012.

900 Council Jobs To Be Cut

MORE jobs are to be cut at Manchester City Council in an effort to save £80m over the next two years.

This latest announcement from Manchester City Council follows the £170m budget cut imposed by central government in the city last year.

"This is a very difficult time for Manchester City Council staff and, indeed, Manchester residents."

Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese said: "This is a very difficult time for Manchester City Council staff and, indeed, Manchester residents. We have already seen our staff levels reduced by more than 2,000 over the past two years, after the government-imposed £109m of cuts last year, rising to £170m this year.

"It's important to stress that we don't have the details of our financial settlement yet, but our best estimate is that it could impose another £80m of cuts. This is going to put even more pressure on our services - and on staff who are doing a great job delivering those services - and will mean that we will have to radically rethink how we provide for Manchester people.

"Staffing costs are a significant proportion of expenditure and we believe that the necessary reduction could be in the region of 700 to 900 posts.

"As a result we are introducing a voluntary early retirement and severance schemes, although no applications will be approved until after we have received our settlement from government and on that basis have set a budget. The Council remains committed to aiming to avoid compulsory redundancies.

"Despite this news, we remain committed to ensuring we protect and support Manchester's most vulnerable people, while delivering our essential services efficiently and effectively and doing all we can to attract jobs and investment to the city and continue to grow our economy."

In the days following the publication of the government's financial settlement, Manchester City Council will assess what this means for the Council and Manchester people. Full proposals on how Manchester City Council aims to deal with the spending reduction, will be available in January.

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Duke FameNovember 30th 2012.

Makes you wonder if that £1/2m on Alicia Ke swas well spent.

That said, the reach of the council and the numbers employed is crazy. A vibrant city should not have it's local town hall as the major employer it needs the productive commercial sector to do that.

I wonder where the council's priorities will lie. Will the Nucleur - free secretariat still be earning £40k a year or will they axe road cleaners.

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the Whalley RangerDecember 2nd 2012.

£61m to be cut this year? I have a suggestion you would not want to dismiss out of hand. Cut the £3.5m budget for the City Libraries glazed 'hip replacement'.

Then get Man City to pay market rate for the hire of the council owned stadium.

Then stop moving people from now defunct MIDAS and Manchester Knowledge Capital and other useless quangos around into yet more hidden publicly funded positions.

Should save you 20% of where you need to get to right there. And no measureable loss to the front line would accur.

It took me three minutes to come up with this 'expert advice'. Who do I invoice?

Duke FameDecember 4th 2012.

Not sure about that Wally, I'm sure City would rather buy the stadium given the option. If they are forced to pay a high rent, I'm sure they will feel able to tear up the contract and move to their own Stadium.

I think there must be a way of bringing in private sector efficiencies, perhaps outsourcing and removing the stupid jobs

the Whalley RangerDecember 6th 2012.

Duke, why buy when you can rent for a pittance? An 'own' stadium? Now that UEFA FFP Regulations are in place, surely the game has changed.

John WrightDecember 2nd 2012.

Wasn't it Manchester Council that had over 80 Million in bank deposits. I'd also have a look at how much Council tax they are owed? If they spent more time collecting this rather than wasting tax payers money they wouldn't be loosing jobs.
Ask the civil servants if they want to give up their pensions and save their co worker jobs, lets see what they say?.

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AnonymousDecember 3rd 2012.

They will say No. but any savings from pensions changes are likely to take years to filter through and would have to be agreed at a national level. Its just too impractical to be part of the answer.

Linda CookDecember 4th 2012.

How much money is also being allocated sorry wasted as Manchester Councils part of the Airport SEMMMS link road that is a road to nowhere that nobody can seem to justify a reason for... it doesn't and never will link through to the M60 at Bredbury, all it will do is create more A6 havoc in Hazel grove, Disley and High Lane, whilst destroying the countryside on route.

Scrap spending the wasteful money on the road and keep the people of Manchester working!!!

Jae RobinsonDecember 5th 2012.

Councils have a duty to voters/citizens to provide best service. Say NO to punitive cuts aimed at man/woman in street and implement a deficit budget. All labour councils should stand united on this. Show the UK the Peterloo spirit and be inspired by those Mancunian equality icons and lead the way forward. Divided we fall. JUST SAY NO TO CUTS

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