Council cuts hundreds of jobs

Up to 300 jobs will be axed at Southampton City Council. The Labour run council has revealed details of its budget today. There is also uncertainty in Portsmouth over 1,300 jobs at BAE Systems' shipbuilding operation at the city's navy base.

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Council job cuts "painful but necessary"

A sealed rubbish bin in Southampton taped up by the city council following weeks of strikes in 2011 Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The leader of Southampton City Council has defended the loss of 279 jobs - saying they are "painful but necessary". Councillor Richard Williams said the losses were due to a combination of government funding cuts, increased costs and increasing demand on services.

Library opening hours will be reduced, and charges will be introduced for residential parking. A children’s residential unit will close and youth services will stop. Unions will decide on Thursday whether they will take industrial action, after several strikes last year.

Cllr Williams said: “This budget is painful, but necessary. We have managed to safeguard the most essential services, increase income equitably and where reductions have to be made, they have been made with care."

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