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CUTS AND LOSSES PROMPT JOB AXING

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Three councils are shedding a total of more than 750 jobs as budget cuts and blue collar service losses take their ...
Three councils are shedding a total of more than 750 jobs as budget cuts and blue collar service losses take their toll, while up to 600 are under threat at North Yorkshire CC.

Hammersmith and Fulham LBC is making more than 300 staff redundant as part of plans to cut £13 million from the budget next year.

Almost 80 will go from the direct services workforce and another 60 will go in social services. Environmental services will lose 37 posts. About £1.7m will be saved in central services cuts.

'Our spending is already pared to the bone and the annual budgeting process has become an extremely distasteful task', said Tim Stanley, chair of strategic services.

Hounslow LBC's ruling Labour group is planning £6m of cuts and scrapping 250 posts.

Planning and transport will bear the brunt, losing more than 10% of its £7.3m budget, while social services will lose £1.6m and central services another £1m.

On Monday Sefton MBC announced it was making 200 staff redundant and closing its loss making building works division. The job losses include some staff from the public works division and the contract services division, which is being broken up.

North Yorkshire Unison members fear 600 jobs may be lost as the council tries to cut £17m from next year's budget.

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