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Central Bedfordshire council asked to cut allowances

Savings of more than £20m over the next financial year have been agreed by councillors in central Bedfordshire.

Youth services, mobile libraries, school music and street lights are targets. Council staff will reduce by 300 with 66 more jobs axed by April.

More staff will go next year, Conservative council leader Tricia Turner said.

Staff have also been asked to take a 2% pay cut and councillors to consider reductions in their allowances.

The authority currently employs about 3,000 members of staff.

Mrs Turner said: "These have been difficult decisions but we are looking at ways for services to be provided in other more sustainable ways.

Staff pay cut

"Already some town councils have contacted us with the aim of taking over youth services which are valued in their communities.

"We are taking to teachers and governors about school patrols although they are protected with year, we need to look to their future.

"At the meeting to discuss the cuts we asked councillors to consider reductions in their allowances.

"Staff are consulting their unions about the 2% cut in their take-home pay that we have asked them to consider," she said.

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