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East Riding of Yorkshire Council cuts spending by £7.5m

Spending by East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to be cut by at least £7.5m this year.

Council leader Stephen Parnaby said the authority was forecast to face budget reductions of £30m over the next three to four years.

He said savings must be made to ensure the financial stability of the council, which has an annual budget of £269m.

Spending on salaries will be trimmed by at least 10%, and Mr Parnaby said job losses could not be ruled out.

He said some posts would be axed and vacancies left unfilled. A pay freeze for council workers is being implemented and Mr Parnaby said he hoped job losses could be mitigated.

Services 'protected'

He said further savings targets will need to be made when next year's budget and subsequent budgets are set.

Mr Parnaby said: "No-one should be in any doubt that budget reductions of this level can be implemented without pain but we pledge to do all we can to protect council services and the local economy from the impact of the cuts."

He said where and if there was a need for job cuts staff would be given "every opportunity" for redeployment and training.

"We need to make a start but we will not be taking knee-jerk action and... I want to assure staff that they are our greatest asset and it is my intention that they are looked after properly," he added.

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