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Jobs threat for Welsh council

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As many as 50 Torfaen CBC workers could lose their jobs after the council received what it believed to be a tough Welsh Assembly settlement.

The South Wales Argus has reported that Torfaen faces a funding gap of£1.7m and its worst case scenario would result in the loss of 50 of its 6,500 workers.

The paper quotes a report by the council’s chief financial officer Nigel Aurelius who said: “Neither the public sector nor this council is immune from these difficult times.

“It is the first time in a long time that local government has to develop its financial plans and strategies within the context of a recession.”

Torfaen CBC received a 2.4% revenue increase. It anticipates all services including schools and social care and housing would be asked to find savings.

Final budget proposals will go before the council on 24 February before its council tax is set on 3 March.

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