Reborn as neoliberal bodies, local councils are all about business approaches, contracting out and hiving off. Financialisation competes with services for their attention. But far from making cities financially robust, many are now struggling for survival. They are a prime example of the collapse of neoliberal economics in the age of austerity. Can we have a future where citizens are informed about the City’s finances, and engaged in deciding how to use our money? SANE’s Critical Citizen project is drafting a Humanifesto for the city and at this our first drafting session we will look in greater depth at the City’s finances and alternatives to the current approach.