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Strike windfall in York

York city council

3:17pm 1st December 2011

City of York Council's Cabinet has agreed to use any money saved as a result of yesterday's industrial action to support key service areas.

The maximum the council can expect to save on its wage bill as a result of the action is £107,000, but the authority has to find £21m savings in the current financial year, despite increasing pressures, particularly in relation to looked after children and adult care. As a result, councillors have confirmed that the majority of the £107,000 will be used to provide some additional resource to the council that will ensure services for vulnerable people can continue to be provided,

The leader of the council, Councillor James Alexander, has already agreed that a small proportion of the wage bill saving - £10,000 - will be used to provide free car parking in the city centre on Boxing Day, following representation from members of the retailers' forum.

Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council, said:

"The council is facing some really tough decisions in order to meet the £21m budget savings, while at the same time protecting services for the most vulnerable in our society.

"It seems only right that the majority of savings that are made as a result of the industrial action are ploughed back in to protecting services for York residents and the windfall will be used to relieve budget pressures on front line devices including in children's services and adult social care.

"As we announced earlier in the week, a small proportion of the saving will be used to provide free car parking on Boxing Day, supporting city centre businesses and retailers."

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