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Oldham Council: Up to 400 more jobs may be cut

Up to 400 jobs could be cut in the next financial year, Oldham Council has confirmed.

Staff and unions have been briefed on cost-cutting moves which aim to cut £24m from the 2012/13 budget.

Abdul Jabbar, cabinet member for finance and human resources, said the budget settlement they received was "the toughest since World War II".

The council shed 345 staff in the 2011/12 financial year through redundancies and natural wastage.

'Listening closely'

Council employees are being consulted on possible alternative ways to save money in the coming financial year.

Mr Jabbar said: "We will be listening closely to staff and particularly want to hear their ideas for cutting unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy."

He added: "No final decisions will be taken until after this consultation process has completed in December."

In February the council announced that up to 800 jobs might go in the current financial year but the final figure was less than half.

A council spokesman said the job cuts were made by a combination of retirement, voluntary and compulsory redundancy.

The council is the town's biggest employer with nearly 5,000 staff.

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