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More job loses at the council in York

City of York Council

12:01am 3rd February 2012

More job loses at the council in York.

Officials have told Minster FM they're planning to save another million pounds over the next two years, with redundancies inevitable.

On the flip side of the coin, the authority is planning to invest an additional two million in to elderly and children's services.

It says the two are a priority in its budget.

Official statement from the City of York Council

Today the City of York Council Labour administration is publishing its proposed budget for the next two years.

It will be the first time the council has planned a prudent two year budget.

The budget is the most difficult in a generation, as the Government reduces funding to councils by almost a third.

The announcement will include details on spending priorities, council tax and savings.

Leader of the Labour Council, Coun. James Alexander says:

"We have listened to the independent Fairness Commission and we are taking tough decisions to secure the future. The scale of Government cuts is so large that there will be reductions in some services, but we are prioritising elderly care and children in care, whilst still ensuring that provision is made to deliver on our manifesto by stripping out Liberal Democrat waste."

If agreed, the proposed budget would see an increase in spending on elderly care and children in care of £2m.

The proposed budget will include no cuts to Visit York, responsible for promotion of and support to the city's tourism sector, whilst there will be reductions in the number of council committees, councillor paid positions, management and back office functions to reduce the cost of council decision-making and administration. These savings will amount to around £1m.

The budget for scrutiny activities will increase.

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