Sixty Greater Manchester Fire Service cooks face axe

Cooks at fire stations in Greater Manchester face losing their jobs as the brigade tries to save £23m.

At least 60 cooks are set to lose their jobs, with up to 140 backroom jobs under threat.

Greater Manchester Fire Authority said consultations had started with the Fire Brigades Union, Unison and Unite.

The authority, which estimated the amount it would have to save over four years, will discuss the cost-cutting proposals at a meeting on Thursday.

'Savings target'

An authority statement said the spending review cut of 12.3% in government funds for the 2011-13 period was worse than expected.

It added: "We don't have figures for years three and four yet, but we're working on an estimate of £23m savings in total over four years. It could be higher."

The statement also said: "A line-by-line budget review of back office functions was completed in autumn and identified £6m savings."

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