Cambridgeshire

Spending Review: Peterborough council jobs cut talks

Peterborough City Council is due to announce its initial budget proposals, including possible job cuts, following the government's Spending Review.

A document released to the BBC states 11.1% could be cut from department budgets to save £65m over five years, and up to 181 posts could go.

The council said it could prevent 60 possible job losses by making savings.

A public consultation on the proposals will begin following a cabinet meeting on 8 November.

As announced in the Spending Review, government grants to local authorities will fall by 28.4% over four years.

It is anticipated the drop in funding for Peterborough in 2011/12 will be 10%, which equates to about £8m, the documents states.

Car parking charge

The council document states that 181 posts out of 1,900 would need to be cut, but they hope to reduce this number by making savings.

Many of the posts could be lost through "natural wastage" and by not filling vacancies, it adds.

It also suggests that selling the council's assets could raise £36m over five years, and charging staff for car parking at a fee of about £500 per year per vehicle.

Outsourcing could be expanded to save money, the document adds.

The council is already in a bidding process for external contractors to carry out refuse collection, street cleaning and public transport.

The libraries budget may be cut by £250,000 a year and plans to collect domestic food waste could be halted, saving more than £3m.

The proposals will be voted on at a full council meeting on 8 December.

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