After almost a decade of austerity, Bury Council’s budget is at breaking point as demand for social care services for both children and adults is rising dramatically. Since 2010 the Council has lost 70% of its budget (almost £100 million).
The council delivers more than 150 different services to a population of around 189,000 people living in approximately 84,000 households. Every pound the council spends is split as follows:
Adult care services 43p
Children’s services 22p
Transport levy (TfGM) 15p
Public health 9p
Borrowing and capital 4p
Environmental health 1p
Planning, economic development, markets -3p*
Other services -7p*
It is why last October Bury Labour joined colleagues from the Local Government Association to take the campaign to the heart of government, 10 Downing Street, along with shadow Communities and Local Government secretary Andrew Gwynne MP, and some of our many other supporters in Parliament.
Despite these difficult times, Bury Labour is continuing to invest by prudently borrowing to support our communities. In this year’s budget we announced a total of £16 million worth of investment.
The main projects are:
An extra £10 million for highways improvements from 2020.
£1m to support the revitalisation of Radcliffe Town Centre.
A £1.3 million refurbishment of Bury Market.
Funding of £250,000 for Prestwich to support plans to deliver the transformation of the Longfield Centre in a £100m redevelopment.
£2.7 million to promote business growth and job creation.
A £100,000 boost to develop the Uplands health and wellbeing/residential concept in Whitefield.
£430,000 towards developing 3G sports pitches in the borough.
Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing, said: "Despite a decade of Government austerity, we are determined to build a Bury fit for the future. This means investing in all our townships, creating opportunities for businesses to grow and bringing jobs and prosperity to our borough.
We’re developing stronger neighbourhood working and partnerships, empowering our communities and residents to self-help where possible and improve the overall quality of life.
Our priorities will always be to make Bury the place in which to live, work, study and live a healthy life.”