At this morning's Full Council meeting, Conservatives Councillors called on Salford City Council to dip into their reserves instead of raising council tax, to help reduce the burden on local residents during these difficult times.
Conservatives said that, with local businesses struggling to stay afloat and many residents, who a year ago had solid jobs, now sadly losing their jobs, it is extraordinary that the Council intends on raising council tax, at a time when residents need their support the most.
The Council currently has circa £120million in reserves, funds which are earmarked for some of Salford's pet projects and to cover overspending on some departments. Salford’s residents are already under immense financial pressure and surely deserve consideration.
Reserves are usually put to one side to cover emergencies or unforeseen expenditure. This last year certainly fits the bill of unforseen circumstances. Instead of draining the finances of local residents, lets use the reserves. So come on City Mayor - lets lend a hand to local people!