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TWO HUNDRED JOBS PLUS TEACHERS TO GO AT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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Nearly 200 jobs could go, including teaching jobs at Northamptonshire CC as a result of spending cuts proposed toda...
Nearly 200 jobs could go, including teaching jobs at Northamptonshire CC as a result of spending cuts proposed today, reports BBC Northampton.

Because of a£28m shortfall in the 1997-98 budget the council is planning to cut£7.4 million from education,£4.1m from social services and£2 million from planning and transportation. Two children's homes have also been earmarked for closure.

Council leader Jimmy Kane says the council will try to protect those with the greatest need but it is inevitable services will suffer.

He commented: 'There is no doubt about it that we have sought to save the education and social services, but we have reached the stage where some of the services that we'd like to protect we are not going to be able to do that.

'We have done the best we can. We are seen as a most cost-effective organisation, particularly by our auditors, and we will continue to do the best we can. I can't get away from it: there will be draconian cuts in some areas. It will have a widespread and devastating effect.'

Don Rawlings, of Unison, said the county council has difficult choices in deciding where jobs are to go from.

He said: 'We must remember that education has been slaughtered and many senior posts are still around. We don't want anyone to go but we would want to say, 'Look from top to bottom and we will ensure that every job that goes at whatever level will be absolutely the least in priorities'.

'But it's a sad day. I find it very difficult to respond because we are right at the bottom of the pit'.

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