A fresh ow has broken out over council spending – after a senior councillor slammed an M.E.N. story showing it had underspent by £7.5m while cutting nearly 350 jobs. The story showed that Greater Manchester’s councils underspent their budgets by £40m in 2012/13 as they cut 2,200 jobs.
Coun Jim Fitzpatrick, finance spokesman at Tameside council, has written to the M.E.N saying it ‘displays a worrying lack of understanding about local authority finance, and how councils are dealing with unprecedented government cuts’. Read the full article here: Manchester Evening News