Council slashes staff salaries to cut fewer posts

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SHEFFIELD Council has declined to reveal whether it will follow a decision taken by neighbouring Doncaster to cut workers’ pay.

Doncaster Council has approved a move to slash salaries of 7,000 staff by four per cent to save 250 jobs.

Sheffield Council has given the Government notice that it will cut up to 690 jobs as it seeks to save £57 million in the next financial year.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “We have not yet made any decisions on final proposals for how money will be saved.”

Sheffield Council officers have come up with a list of cuts that can be made to achieve the required level of savings, details of which have not been made public.

The authority’s Labour administration said it first wants to consider suggestions from the public.

Some 1,900 people have responded to a letter from council leader Julie Dore calling for their views on how savings should be made.

And the council is holding six public meetings to hear further opinions before coming up with final proposals for how money should be saved.