More jobs woe for council staff

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BARNSLEY Council is the latest South Yorkshire authority to announce large job losses.

The council has given statutory notice to the Government said it will be sending out redundancy notices for 151 staff as it looks to shed £7.6 million from its budget for next year.

Among posts to go will be pavement sweepers, gardeners, care workers, dog wardens and health and safety officials.

The council said it also plans to release 61 staff currently on temporary contracts.

However, the council said the final number of redundancies may be smaller because it has not yet finalised its budget proposals for 2012/13 and may be able to find other savings.

Sheffield Council has announced it will cut up to 690 staff in 2012/13 as it looks to save £57 million from its current budget.