Leeds & West Yorkshire

Kirklees Council plans to cut 200 jobs under budget cuts

More than 200 posts are to go as a West Yorkshire council makes plans to cut £21m from its budget.

Kirklees Council's proposals will be put to public consultation before a final decision is made in February.

Labour leader of the authority, Mehboob Khan, said they had already "cut right to the bone" and he was "very worried" about the impact of further reductions.

Mr Khan said the council would make some savings by improving efficiency, but some services would be affected.

'Stark reality'

"We want to try and protect as many as those services as possible but the stark reality is the organisation's facing year-on-year cuts from the government," he said.

"The impact people will notice and already are noticing is that the condition of roads is poorer than it was three years ago."

A report to the council's cabinet on Tuesday said 201 of its 12,117 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts would go, which included a number of currently vacant posts.

A public consultation will begin on Monday and the final budget will be set by the full council in February.

The authority said it had made savings of £62m since the government spending review in 2010, and had another £67m to cut by 2017.

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