Doncaster councillors vote for own job losses

Doncaster Council's Mayoral Election - the ballot papers are counted.

Doncaster Council's Mayoral Election - the ballot papers are counted.

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Doncaster councillors have voted to reduce the size of the council - effectively voting for their own job losses.

The council will shrink from 63 councillors to 54 if the recommendations of a cross party working group are accepted by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

The result would be nine councillors losing their jobs and a change in ward boundaries.

Independent councillors Cynthia Ransome and Martin Williams spoke against the proposals at a meeting on Thursday - saying numbers should be reduced even further.

Coun Williams said: “Times are hard, money is tight and we must bite the bullet. I’m proposing we have 42 councillors in future - two per ward.

“This is a real reduction in council size and would save over £250,000 a year. This shows we are serious about real changes and not just tinkering around the edges to try to make ourselves look good.”

But Mayor Ros Jones said: “It’s been a cross party review. This is about us getting on for Doncaster. I’m pleased to see we have a united front, with the exception of our two independent members.”

There will be two public consultations before draft recommendations are published next May and June.

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