Manchester Council set to cut a further 160 jobs and millions from children's services and education.

  • 160 jobs are set to go under plans to save £75m over next three years.
  • £27m worth of cuts to adult social care and £6.7m to children's services and education.
  • Former Manchester MP, John Leech, has called on the council to: "stop wasting money on vanity projects and protect local jobs."

Manchester City Council is set to cut a further 160 jobs as part of plans to save £75m over the next three years.

Under initial proposals the local authority said it would also make £27m of cuts to adult social care and £6.7m in children's services and education.

The all but one Labour council also plans to axe school crossing patrols, slash early years speech therapy and bump up council tax by 4% a year.

Consultation on the proposals will begin next month.

Resources have been reduced from £682m a year in 2010/11 to £528m a year, with a 40% reduction in the workforce.

Commenting on the job losses, the city's sole opposition member, John Leech, said: “Staff and local residents will be understandably shocked and frustrated that these job losses come just weeks after senior figures at the council, including the head spin doctor, have seen their pay increase by up to 60%, and follow a hugely controversial decision to spend more then £2.4m on new bins, all at a time when the council claims to have no money.

"It is unfortunately typical of Manchester Council to waste millions of pounds on vanity projects, such as the 'Scream Gates' which cost us £3.5m, whilst continuing to claim poverty."

The former Manchester MP called on the Labour council to: "stop wasting money on vanity projects and protect local jobs and frontline services first and foremost.

"Manchester council should be aiming to keep as many of the hardworking employees as possible instead of increasing top staff wages by tens of thousands per year.

Mr. Leech, who was elected this year as the only opposition to Labour on Manchester Council, added: “Whilst I accept the cuts to Manchester are tough, there seems to be little attempt to lessen the blow on local residents and frontline services.

"Once again, these decisions are unnecessary and shameless attempts to lay blame anywhere but on Manchester Council."

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