Leeds & West Yorkshire

Kirklees Council to cut 600 jobs over next year

Six hundred jobs are to go at Kirklees Council over the next year.

The losses emerged when the authority met to set its budget for the new financial year, which includes savings of £16m.

Council leader Mehboob Khan said the authority had to take "difficult short-term decisions to achieve a better long-term future".

Mr Khan said the council would "redesign where necessary to achieve high quality services".

The council is planning to revamp its social services provision for children and adults.

Mr Khan said that after a recent review of children services, the council would reduce management costs, but not close any centres.

The council also plans to keep the Red House Museum in Gomersal open.

The 17th Century home, which featured in a novel by Charlotte Bronte, was threatened with closure.

Mr Khan said there was cross-party agreement to keep the museum open, but it would require "innovative ways of funding this proposal".

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites