Budget cuts lead to fears over future of council jobs

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Barnsley Council is to slash £9 million from its budget – putting 151 jobs at risk.

Among the cost-cutting plans expected to be approved by Barnsley Council next week are the alteration of bin collection services.

Another £9 million has to be cut from the council’s budget before June, with work on where the axe will fall for the second round of cuts set to start in January.

Coun Steve Houghton, council leader, said the council has already cut £45 million from its budget over the last three years.

He said: “For the past few years we have managed to protect certain services and will do our best to continue to do so.

“With so many cuts year after year we are having to make difficult choices.”