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Cuts in practice

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Kirklees Council is preparing to slash its budget by a massive £400m (40%) as part of a transformation programme that will leave it “a very different organisation”.

Chief executive Rob Vincent originally announced the council was looking at slashing its £1bn budget by a quarter (£250m) over the next five years.

However, in comments to the local press earlier this week, council leader Mehboob Khan (Lab) revealed the scale of cuts could run to £400m.

Cllr Khan indicated the level at which cuts would be made was dependent on the outcome of the general election.

“We are planning for all different scenarios, including a hung parliament, which is why we have a variation from £250m to £400m in what will need to be saved,” he told the Huddersfield Examiner.

Director of human resources Cliff Stewart said: “Kirklees will be a very different organisation, operating with far more flexibility and a greater focus on customers.”

 

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