Manchester to sack 2,000 council staff

Two thousand council workers will be made redundant in Manchester over the next year, bringing the total jobs cull caused by Coalition spending cuts to 114,000 across 145 councils.

Manchester has had £110m slashed from its budget, with tens of millions more next year, which means it will have to axe almost a fifth of its workforce.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of the Labour-controlled authority, complained about the "unfairness" of the Government's financial grant for the city, while unions reacted with fury.