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GLASGOW LABOUR MEMBERS ADMIT BLAME FOR GOVT CASH SHORTFALL

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Labour members on Glasgow City Council have admitted that their own battered reputation may have prevented the city...
Labour members on Glasgow City Council have admitted that their own battered reputation may have prevented the city receiving more government cash to help stave off cuts, reports The Scotsman (p5).

Glasgow is considering cuts of£32m to balance the books, and 1,000 council jobs could go in the process, reports The Scotsman. But less cuts may have been on the cards if the council's ruling Labour group had not been embroiled in the junkets for votes sleaze inquiry, claimed some Labour members.

One told The Scotsman: 'There is no doubt that we could have got a better government allocation if our reputation had not been so badly dented.'

The brunt of the cuts is expected to fall on education, social services, and parks and recreation, and a number of departments are expected to merge, leading to the disapperance of a number of senior officer positions.

Glasgow Unison says responsibility for the job cuts lies with the government, and says industrial action will probably be taken in response to any compulsory redundancies.
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