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Mass Lobby in Hereford over planned cuts to county services

Council workers in Herefordshire have taken part in a mass lobby over more planned cuts to some services.

Unions say the council is planning a 75% cut in the library service budget for the next two years. Museum funding would also be drastically reduced.

Unions say it's not enough time for staff to look for alternative work. A petition against the cuts containing thousands of signatures has been handed in today.

The council says it's in 'constructive' talks with all parties.

Meeting in Hereford over council job cuts

Herefordshire Council workers attend Union meeting Credit: ITV News Central

The union Unison are holding a meeting in Hereford this lunchtime about job cuts at Herefordshire Council.

Unison claim that over 320 additional jobs will go at the council over the next two years in addition to the 280 jobs that have already been lost since 2010.

In a statement, Herefordshire Council told ITV News Central it is facing a 50% cut in its funding over the next five years. They say they are consulting with staff about terms and conditions which will reduce the internal pay bill.

"In particular, we are asking staff to consider accepting an additional three days unpaid annual leave. Throughout this process we have worked with Unison representatives."

Herefordshire Council say they publicised today's meeting with Unison to all their employees.

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