Up to 100 council jobs face the axe

Coun Daren Hale, deputy Hull Council leader.

Coun Daren Hale, deputy Hull Council leader.

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AS many as 100 jobs could go at a Yorkshire council which is facing £21m cuts in the next two years.

The Labour-run adminstration at Hull Council is proposing a 1.95 per cent rise in council tax - just under the level which could trigger a referendum.

However Coun Daren Hale said between 50 and 100 jobs could go, through voluntary redundancy and deleting vacant posts. He said: “The council spends a quarter less than it did in 2010. If the Government gets in their austerity plans would take out the same again in the next Parliament which means council spending would be half what it was in 2010. We hope they don’t win, but we are having to prepare to do a similar amount of services on half the money.”

There are no plans to close any libraries or leisure centres but some day centres may merge where people have stopped using them since the introduction of personal budgets, which allows them to buy in their own care.

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