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Students spring clean in York

City of York Council and the York St John University Students Union will once again join forces today to give the Groves area a spring clean.

Following on from last year's spring clean, student volunteers will look to refresh and tidy up the gardens along The Groves between 10-4pm.

It is encouraging to see students taking pride in the area where they are living and studying and helping to make a Smarter York. **

"This is also a great way for the council to highlight the volunteering opportunities available to other individuals and groups who wish to get involved in their local area."**

– Cllr David Levene, City of York Council

Smarter York aims to help maintain a clean, green and safe environment for York. The initiative encourages and works with residents to create attractive neighbourhoods with a real sense of community and to tackle the things that can spoil neighbourhoods for example littering or graffiti.

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More job losses at City of York Council

More than 200 jobs are set to be lost at City of York Council over the next two years. Council bosses say they will lose an extra 2% of funding in 2014/15 on top of the reductions it was already facing.

The authority needs to save £9 million next year and £12 million the following two years. The council said it would do all it could to avoid making compulsory redundancies.