Southampton Council cuts

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Will Southampton cuts affect jobs?

Worried staff have been left guessing their fate tonight after council bosses announced they must save tens of millions of pounds - but haven't explained how they'll do it.

Today, Southampton City Council announced it was reversing a pay cut introduced by the previous conservative administration - as well as saving £40 million over the next two years. But, in its first mini budget, the leader only outlined savings of around 2.5 million.

So how will they claw back the rest of the deficit - and what does the future hold for staff and services. Richard Jones reports.


Council workers face job losses

Council workers' protest
Southampton City Council employees demonstrate in the city centre, in July last year. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Southampton City Council is to announce more job losses later today, as it battles to find savings of £25 million this year alone.

Labour came to power in May and councillors said they'd reverse a pay cut by the previous Conservative administration. But that means finding a further £3 million.

Last year, there were protests by hundreds of council workers - including bin men and traffic wardens - over job losses. Council chiefs will reveal details of a 'mini budget' at around 5pm today.