Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Cuts Triple Whammy

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Cuts Triple Whammy

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COUNCIL tax is set to rocket in Manchester from April - along with parking charges.

Around Pounds 35 a year will be added to the annual bill of a Band A home if the town hall's plans for a 4pc tax hike go ahead, part of the latest Pounds 13m in council budget cuts.

Some of that rise is to pay specifically for social care, an option introduced by the government last summer. Meanwhile, moves to hike on-street parking charges in the city centre would raise around Pounds 100,000. Currently, an hour of on-street parking is around Pounds 3 an hour, but the council will not say how much that will rise.

Litters fines will also increase from Pounds 80 to Pounds 150.

More than half next year's savings are set to come from social care, wiping Pounds 9m from spending on vulnerable children and adults. …

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