Laura Sharman 20 July 2016

2,000 council jobs could be cut at Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council is warning up to 2,000 jobs are at risk due to funding cuts, some of which may be made through compulsory redundancies.

The council’s executive board will meet next week to consider the levels of savings it must achieve and the impact of the government’s four-year funding settlement.

The council will need to save around £110m between April 2017 and the end of March 2020, of which £81m has to be found in 2017/18.

It warns this will have significant impact on its workforce with up to 2,000 jobs needing to be cut, and it can no longer be confident compulsory redundancies can be avoided. The council also said services that are at risk of closing.

Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: ‘We look forward with interest to what direction the new Government takes in the Autumn Statement in relation to deficit reduction and its impact on funding for vital public services.

‘However, the current grant settlement as it stands means it will be incredibly difficult to continue to protect those services. That said, as a council we will do all we can to minimise the effect of the cuts on vulnerable people as well as on our own workforce.’

Cllr Blake added the council would review its services and senior management arrangements, as well looking for new ways to generate income and reduce costs.

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