Leeds City Council to cut 300 jobs

Leeds City Council is to shed about 300 jobs as it tries to cut costs in wake of the recession.

It is one of a number of councils that have been forced to make job cuts to prepare for reduced budgets and a fall in income, including Cambridgeshire County Council, also set to axe 300 posts, and Birmingham City Council, which plans to cut up to 2,000 jobs.

Leeds council leader Richard Brett disclosed the proposed job cuts in a budget speech yesterday, according to the BBC.

He said the council was having to cope with the “lowest grant settlement figure ever” from government, but stressed that the cuts would not affect frontline delivery of services.

Over the past six years the council has alrady cut 1,200 jobs, the broadcaster said.

However, despite the expected job losses, the council has plans to recruit more staff in its children’s services department.

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