Lancashire

Blackpool Council announces 300 job losses

Blackpool Council is to lose 300 jobs "across the board" as part of budget cuts of £40m over the next two years.

The council said every service it provides would have to make savings but areas like libraries and children's social services would be protected.

Overall savings of £25.2m in 2015/16 and £19.7m in 2016/17 are needed.

Council leader Simon Blackburn said it was a "gut-wrenching" decision to cut jobs but "hours and hours have been spent pouring over the accounts".

The Labour-led authority said it would look at delivering services differently for adult services, housing and planning.

But front-line social workers and school-crossing patrols would be protected.

Other changes include a reduced budget for the council's tourism arm, Visit Blackpool, and a review of operational costs for the Illuminations.

Mr Blackburn said: "It is an unsettling time for many people including staff, but the commitment to delivering the best possible services to Blackpool residents remains undiminished."

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