Following a review by the Boundary Committee for England, Benchill was disestablished as a local government ward in 2003, and the area divided between the neighbouring wards of Sharston, Woodhouse Park, and Northenden.
Benchill gained national media attention in February 2007 when Conservative Party leader David Cameron visited the estate and was targeted by a group of youths, one of whom made a gun gesture with his hand towards him.
Benchill is policed by the Wythenshawe Neighbourhood Policing Team.
- Whatever happened to the hoodie Cameron told us to hug?, The Independent
- "Hoodie pic 'proves Cameron point'". BBC News. 23 February 2007.
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