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Ashford Council saving drive axes 40 job cuts

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Image caption Ashford Borough Council agreed the cost-cutting measures on Thursday

A local authority has agreed to axe 40 jobs as part of a package of measures to make savings of £3.7m.

Ashford Borough Council said it needed to cut 15% from its budget following cuts announced in the Spending Review.

Councillors also voted to scrap the print edition of the council's quarterly magazine, Ashford Voice.

Other plans include an increase in parking charges and a reduction in opening times at its customer service centre.

'Tough decisions'

The council said it hoped to remove the majority of posts through redeployment, natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.

However, it said it anticipated six to 10 staff may face compulsory redundancy.

Work on reducing the budget began in January with the council consulting residents on their priorities.

Chief executive John Bunnett said: "Having listened to local people, we have made some tough decisions about our focus for the next five years, and what we can afford to do and what we can't."

The proposals were agreed at a meeting of the council's executive on Thursday.

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