Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton councillors meet over city budget cuts

City councillors are due to meet in Southampton later to discuss a "mini budget" which could see 20 further jobs cut.

The cabinet met on Tuesday evening to approve cuts aimed at reducing spending by a further £833,000 in the current financial year.

Now the full council is to meet later to decide whether to proceed with a consultation on the plans.

The proposals by the ruling Labour group could affect up to 20 posts.

Southampton City Council is looking to save £25m this year and a further £40m next year.

Oaklands Swimming Pool in Lordshill, which needs £500,000 worth of urgent repairs, will not reopen.

Oaklands, on the Oasis Lordshill Academy site, is currently shut due to faulty pipework.

Other problems with the pool, which costs about £250,000 a year to run, include roof materials falling into the water and an ageing plant room.

In the 2011/12 financial year the authority, which at that time was led by the Conservatives, cut 200 jobs while staff took part in strike action over changes to their pay and conditions.

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