People should blame the coalition for “ideological” cuts, he said.
“A responsible government would never have done this. We would not have been cutting as fast or as deep as we have been forced to do.
- The Council had already planned savings amount to £40m for 2011/12 as part of a medium term financial strategy agreed in February 2010 – before the budgets of 2010 and, of course, before the General Election
- Just over £30m of the grant reduction faced by Manchester comes from the ending of Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) – this was a time-limited funded established as a successor to Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) and targeted to areas with the highest levels of worklessness. The fund was planned to end in March 2011.