William Eichler 12 November 2018

City council to cut 100 jobs to balance budget

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Newcastle City Council has announced the job loses as part of a series of measures to save £60m over the next three years.

The authority has calculated that it has been forced to find £327m in savings since 2010 as a result of the Government’s austerity programme.

On Friday the city council published proposals for saving £20m next year as well as broad plans covering the following two years.

About 100 jobs will go over the next three years, they said, with 40 of these being cut next year.

They are also proposing a council tax rise of 2.95% and implementing the Government’s 1% Adult Social Care Precept.

‘The prime minister has announced the end of austerity but there are still big cuts to local government to come,’ said the council leader Cllr Nick Forbes.

‘The savings we will have to make over the next three years will bite deeper into the vital services people depend upon.

‘Some councils have already gone bust but Newcastle took a long hard look into the future and confronted the painful decisions. This has put us in a sound financial position.’

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