Cambridgeshire County Council to cut 300 jobs

Cambridgeshire County Council is set to cut 300 jobs in a bid to help slash spending by £95.5m over five years.

Councillors voted for the plans in a budget meeting yesterday despite fierce opposition from union members and supporters, who carried banners saying “no cuts in pay, jobs or services”, Cambridge News has reported.

The budget squeezes include a £3.8m cut from the adult social care budget in 2010-2011, and a 2.1% reduction of spending on the children and young people’s services budget over five years.

The 300 jobs will be cut over the next two years.

Council leader Jill Tuck said: “The position is clear – and it is stark. Over the next five years, the council’s spending power will reduce by some 20%.

“At the same time, the twin pressures of demand and inflation will eat into our resources.”

She said £3m would be spent over three years to repair potholes, and there is £16m for new building work at primary schools.

The budget was passed by 34 votes to 19, with two abstentions.

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