People still have the opportunity to have their say on where nearly £10million worth of cuts will fall across Bolton.

Earlier this month Bolton Council launched a consultation asking the public for their views on cutting £9.1M from the authority’s budget.

It will now be open for a matter of weeks.

Council leader Cllr Nick Peel said: “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.”

He added: “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.”

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The comes after the council cabinet decided on December 4 to consult on budget plans that could see funding slashed across a range of services.

The latest round of cuts comes after a tough decade for Bolton that has seen more than £200M cut from its council budget in the years leading up to 2023.

As well as members of the public, the council has also said it will consult with trade unions, staff, elected councillors and other stakeholders.

 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

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

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

Cllr 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.”

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.