“We are running on fumes – we must have a fairer funding deal to keep vital services going.”
That is the stark warning from Bury Council, as the authority battles to balance the books.
It is now calling on local residents, businesses and voluntary groups to get behind the campaign for a fairer funding deal for Bury.
Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, leader of the council, said: “These are hard times for councils, and Bury is no exception.
“We are facing a triple whammy – insufficient funding, huge increases in costs and inflation, and ever-increasing demand for services. This is particularly serious in adults’ and children’s social care, which together take up three quarters of the council’s budget.
“We can no longer close the funding gap by reducing costs, making efficiencies or raising council tax. Sooner or later, something must give.
“The system is broken, and it’s having a major impact on the people of Bury. That’s why we have to fix it.”
Cllr O’Brien said that councils have suffered huge real-terms funding cuts over a decade of austerity.
In Camden the council has £1,331 to spend on every resident – in Bury it’s just £792
Our annual real term core spending powerhas been reduced by 29% since 2010/11. During this time government funding has gone down by 55%.
Government funding cuts and unfunded pressures such as inflation and increased demand have left us having to find £150m savings since 2010/11.
The council is asking everyone in Bury to sign the petition calling for a better deal for Bury – go to
Cllr O’Brien said: “In recent years, we’ve used reserves to shore up the budget and keep services going.
“But we now face the prospect of having to make severe cutbacks to local services. This would not only damage our borough but would also massively undermine our ambitions to boost economic growth, reduce deprivation and help residents through the cost-of-living crisis.
“To continue to provide local services we all rely on, we need adequate funding, in line with inflation and the demand for services.”
Cllr O’Brien said: “We still have major ambitions for Bury, to make our borough prosper for decades to come. That’s why we’re putting unprecedented investment into regeneration programmes in Bury, Radcliffe and Prestwich.
“But this is long-term capital investment. What we are really short of is money to run the everyday services that people need – looking after the sick and elderly and safeguarding our children, emptying the bins and running leisure centres.
“We will do everything to can to keep those services going, but this will involve some very tough decisions. But we need to make it clear how serious the situation is.
“We’re calling for the long-awaited government review of council funding to redress the balance for our borough and generations to come.”
How you can help
You can help by:
Signing our petition – go to
Showing your support by signing up to receive more about the campaign in our Bury Now e-newsletter
Following us on Facebook and Twitter and share and retweet using #LetsFixItTogether
Doing your bit to make the money go further. Can you recycle more? Do you spend money locally? Could you foster or adopt? Every extra helps.
Press release issued: 8 November 2023.
Picture: Bury Council’s cabinet members call for a fairer funding deal (from left): Cllrs Clare Cummins, Tamoor Tariq, Richard Gold, Eamonn O’Brien, Charlotte Morris, Lucy Smith, Alan Quinn and Tahir Rafiq.Government funding plus council tax. Real terms in 2019-20 prices. This is the government’s preferred measure of LA revenue income