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Plymouth City Council 'to cut £8m from budget'

Plymouth Civic Centre
Image caption The council spends more than £600m a year on delivering services

Plymouth City Council is planning to cut £8m from its 2012/13 budget plans, it has said.

The Conservative-led council said last December it needed to save £30m over three years to deal with the government's funding cutbacks.

The council approved proposals to cut £10.6m from its budget for the 2011/12 financial year in February, but said it was expected to achieve £13m.

A public consultation is being held into its cuts proposals.

The council spends more than £600m annually on delivering services through its revenue budget.

Councillor Ian Bowyer, cabinet member for finance of the Conservative-controlled authority, said getting the largest savings measures out of the way in the first year of cuts was an attempt "to get ahead in the curve".

However, Darren Turner, from the Unison union, said any cuts would still have an effect.

He said: "Whether it's through job cuts, or increasing parking charges; whatever happens, however you take £8m out of the budget, it's going to affect services one way or another."

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