Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Doncaster Council agrees to cut 1,200 jobs

Plans to axe 1,200 jobs in part of South Yorkshire have been approved as part of a raft of budget proposals aimed at saving £109m.

Doncaster Council agreed to cut the equivalent of 670 full-time posts from a workforce of about 5,200.

Since 2010 the council has already shed more than 1,200 jobs.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said the choices made by the council were "some of the toughest decisions in its 40-year history".

The council also approved plans to shut all of its seven older people's homes, increase the number of community-managed libraries by up to eight and cut children's services.

'Rocky times'

The Labour-run authority said government cuts accounted for £58m of the £109m it needed to save by 2017 with the remaining £51m needed to meet pay and price inflation, contracted costs and the cost of the growing demand for services.

Mrs Jones said her proposals had identified £92.4m in savings over the next three years but that she still needed to find ways to plug the remaining £16.1m budget gap.

She said: "We have been put in this difficult financial position by the government's austerity measures.

"The stark reality is that this will be felt by the people of Doncaster.

"This three year plan will give us some stability in what are rocky times for local councils, particularly those in the north."

A proposed 1.95% council tax rise for each of the next three years will be considered by the council on 6 March.

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