Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 1:59pm

Up to 900 council jobs to be axed as ruthless £80million funding cuts hit Manchester services hardest

Up to 900 council jobs to be axed as ruthless £80million funding cuts hit Manchester services hardest

By Tui Benjamin

Up to 900 full-time jobs could be axed at Manchester City Council less than two years after 2,000 were cut, with a £170million total reduction settlement lampooned as one of the five worst in the country.

Council chiefs predict an £80million reduction in funding over the next two years, with the government-imposed reductions come just a year after the council shouldered £106million of cuts.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, described the £80million as a best estimate and confirmed the necessary reductions to be in the region of 700 to 900 jobs.

“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 we will have to radically rethink how we provide for Manchester people,” he said.

“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.

“We are doing all we can to attract jobs and investment to the city and to continue to grow our economy.”

Voluntary early retirement and severance schemes will be opened for staff ahead of the expected spending reductions, with the details of the financial settlement to be formally announced by the government next month.

The council remains committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies 'if possible'.

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