Prime minister David Cameron has attacked Manchester City Council for making “politically-driven” cuts.
At today’s prime minister’s questions, Labour MP Tony Lloyd said his Manchester Central constituents “believe that the local government cuts, the cut in local government spending, are not simply too fast and too deep, but are cruel and politically motivated, can he tell the House why my constituents are wrong?”
The council has said it will cut £279m over two years, equivalent to 25%.
Mr Cameron said: “I can say to him very directly that I think the cuts being made by Manchester City Council are politically driven and are too deep.”
He said Manchester’s grant would be cut by 15%, and contrasted that with a 23% cut at West Oxfordshire DC, which covers the prime minister’s constituency.
Manchester had “still got £100m in the bank as balances and they have a chief executive paid over £200,000 a year,” Mr Cameron said.
“I think people in Manchester will look at their council and say cut out the waste, cut out the bureaucracy, start to cut the chief executive’s salary and only after then should he be looking at services.”
Budget papers discussed at a meeting of Manchester’s executive on Wednesday revealed the council would be experiencing a fall in “total government resources” of 21% over the next two years. This figure does not include any grant received for implementing a council tax freeze.