Most vulnerable at risk as millions slashed from Greater Manchester councils

  • Manchester & Salford Councils alone are set to lose out on more than £3m through New Homes Bonus & Adult Social Care Grant changes.
  • Vulnerable and elderly people are most at risk as Adult Social Care is hacked away.
  • Leech: "Without an effective opposition the Conservatives are just slashing away."


VULNERABLE AND ELDERLY people are most at risk as councils in Greater Manchester are facing more cuts to Adult Social Care and New Homes Bonus budgets.

Manchester council will lose short of just £1m, whilst Salford faces the second biggest cut in the country losing £2.3m.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that two-thirds of the 375 councils in England and Wales will have to make cuts next year to fill a spending gap.

The Association said the cash crisis includes a £2.6billion shortfall to fund social care.

Former Manchester MP, John Leech, said: "Without an effective opposition and no one to hold them back, the Conservatives are now slashing £907,000 from the New Homes Bonus and Adult Social Care grants which, if not managed properly, will see the most vulnerable in our communities unfairly targeted.

"Labour MPs are too busy infighting to stand up against the Conservatives in Parliament, so it will be left to us to bear the brunt, and work harder to ensure that as few as possible of these cuts are felt by our vital and already overstretched services."

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said in December that authorities could raise council tax by up to an extra 3% to fund social care. This means Manchester's will go up by an extra 4.9%.

John Leech, who now stands as the sole opposition on Manchester Council, added: "We cannot afford to cut back on our social care, and I will not allow this council to blindly pass on cuts to local residents in order to fund more disgusting pay rises for senior bosses."

Earlier last year, decisions to increase senior bosses' salaries by an eye-watering 60% were slammed by the former MP as 'utterly shameless' when the council, which has repeatedly claimed it faces 'savage cuts', continued to cut frontline services in favour of above inflation pay rises.

Mr Leech continued: "In times like this, we have to pull together and protect the most vulnerable in our communities, and quite frankly top bosses at the town hall are not the most vulnerable.

"The deeply depressing reality is that the most vulnerable and elderly people are going to be shut out of services they desperately need unless we get our priorities straight, and I will fight tooth and nail to make sure that happens."

Other councils across the region set to miss out include, Bolton losing £234,000 and Tameside £29,000. However, other councils will see an increase in their budgets, with Oldham receiving the most at £995,000. Wigan will also see a welcome boost of £844,000, Rochdale £686,000, Stockport £666,000, Bury £413,000 and Trafford £197,000.

Jane Brophy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "Health and social care is one of the biggest growing concerns of today and if these cuts go ahead, vulnerable and elderly people will suffer, services will struggle and we will fail to meet their basic needs such as washing, dressing or getting out of bed.

“The sad reality is without more investment in local authorities and our health service, those who rely on care will not be treated with the dignity they deserve."

The government also announced a £240m “adult social care support grant” for councils funded through a raid on the New Homes Bonus, but the LGA says more than 200 councils will not receive any New Homes Bonus payments as they have to achieve 0.4% growth in order to receive this payment.

The LGA also warned that without additional central government money there will be further cuts to libraries, parks, children’s centres, bus routes and road maintenance.

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