Everything from jobs to rosebeds face the axe as council struggles to cut costs

Coun Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull Council
Coun Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull Council
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TWO more children’s homes face closure and subsidies for some bus routes could be slashed as a Yorkshire council tries to save £11m.

Around 115 jobs also face the axe as part of Hull Council’s budget proposals, despite a rise in council tax of just under four per cent.

Even the city’s rose beds are not immune - half of them will be grassed over.

The council is looking to slash £50,000 from subsidies for bus routes and to reduce opening hours at household waste recycling sites from April. It also wants to set a quota for the amount of rubbish charities can dump after carrying out household clearances.

The proposals include ceasing to provide in-house care support at the Grove House sheltered housing scheme. Coltman Street sheltered housing is set to close as new extra care facilities come on line with the loss of 10 jobs.

Marlborough Avenue children’s home, which provided mainstream respite care, has already shut and deputy leader Coun Daren Hale said the other two “would be subject to consultation.” Labour says no residential home resident will be moved against their will.

Five children’s centres will be taken over by the schools whose sites they share, who need the space for extra nursery provision.

The £11m includes a £4m overspend carried over from last year. Coun Hale warned that councils like Hull within a year or so “face the prospect of failing to afford vital and even statutory services.”

By 2019/2020 the council will have lost £136m - 55 per cent of its core government funding. Coun Hale said: “This will be the toughest year we have had since coming back into power. Every year it gets tougher - there is no fat left. The fact David Cameron has bailed out the leafy shire councils suggests it is a national problem.”