Manchester City Council’s net revenue budget – the budget used to deliver services – is just over £666m. More than half of this budget is spent on Health and Social Care, and Children’s Services.
The council is facing a difficult budget position in 2021/22.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant increased costs – especially for services which support the city’s most vulnerable people – and a big hit to their income. The anticipated hit to next year’s budget from Covid-19 costs is £134m.
The council believe it is important to protect the frontline services and social care which so many rely on.
The Government’s recent Spending Review allowed councils to increase Council Tax by up to 1.99 per cent plus an additional 3 per cent precept to help meet adult social care costs. Manchester City Council are considering using this full possible amount – which would raise around £8.5m – to help protect services from further cuts and especially to support adult social care for those in need.
Have your say on the potential Council Tax increases before Thursday 24 December: www.manchester.gov.uk/CTconsultation