A “final decision” is set to be made on where nearly £10m worth of cuts made in Bolton will fall.

This comes after the council’s cabinet agreed this week to consult the public on plans to cut a total of £9.1m from its budget for 2024-2025.

The cuts could hit a range of services and comes after almost £217m was cut over ten years by the end of 2023.

Council leader Cllr Nick Peel said: “I want to encourage people to take a few minutes to look at these proposals and assure them that what they say will be seen and considered before any final decisions are made.

“We have a legal duty to balance the council’s budget, and we will always attempt to do this through improved efficiencies and with the minimum impact on services.

The Bolton News: Cuts have been proposed across a range of council servicesCuts have been proposed across a range of council services (Image: Newsquest)

“That said, these challenging times for council budgets have continued year-on-year, and the reality is that difficult decisions about cuts to services will have to be made.”

The council cabinet received a report on Monday from chief executive Sue Johnson on the financial position the council had found itself in.

The report said that inflation had soared by more than ten per cent for the first time in many years because of rising food and energy costs.

It also said that there was an increasing demand for older people’s care packages across Bolton which was putting further strain on the council budgets.

 A previous report put before the council has detailed plans for slashing budgets which include dimming streetlights and only collecting paper and cardboard waste every four weeks.

Other cuts proposed include reviewing “alternative delivery” of two of the 10 libraries maintained by the council around Bolton.

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Around £500,000 is expected to be found by using the household support fund to support welfare pay outs.

But the authority has said that no final decision has yet been made on where the cuts will fall until after the consultation.

Once this period has passed the results will be considered before the budget is presented to the full council in February next year.

The consultation will be open until midday on January 9 and can be found on the council’s website.