Essex

Thurrock Council confirms 200 jobs to be lost

At least 200 jobs are to be cut at a unitary council as part of its £37m three-year savings plan.

The 200 posts at Thurrock Council are on top of the 200 jobs lost in recent years at the Labour-led authority.

The council currently employees 1,400 workers.

Leader of the council John Kent said: "The truth is we have a duty, both a legal duty and a moral duty, to balance the budget so the less money we receive, the less money we can spend."

The council declined to comment further on the proposed job losses, but a report prepared for the cabinet said the impact of redundancies on services dealing with vulnerable people would be closely monitored.

The public sector workers' union Unison is yet to comment.

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