Council boss defends cuts

DONCASTER Council's top boss has defended the authority's cuts after it emerged workers could soon be balloted on strike action.

The council's branch of the public service union Unison is asking its leaders for permission to ballot its members on striking because of job losses, changes to conditions of service and cuts to services.

The council's chief executive Rob Vincent said: "Doncaster Council has a number of difficult decisions to make regarding its budget and some of these may include changes to service provision and staffing arrangements, and the unions have been fully briefed on where we are."

More than 700 staff have volunteered to leave their jobs at the council, but more posts are still expected to go as part of an 80 million wave of spending cuts.

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