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700 jobs under threat in Bradford

Bradford Council have agreed to put a proposal to cut 700 jobs out to public consultation.

The Council has described it as the most "difficult decision" it's ever had to make over its budget.

The plans will be put to full council in February.

"On 26 February 2014 Bradford Council will make the most difficult budget decisions it has ever had to face.

"Over the last three years the Council has had to cut its spending by £100 million. Bradford lost £147 per head due to Government cuts in funding for councils, while the ten least deprived authorities had spending cut by an average of just £20.29 per head."

– Spokesman for Bradford Council


Council prepare to grit our roads

Council are preparing to grit the roads Credit: Calendar

Council bosses in Nottinghamshire say their gritting teams are preparing to go on standby in only a couple of weeks time! Although forecasters are currently predicting several more days of warmer temperatures, the County Council is leaving nothing to chance and has been preparing for this winter .

The council’s four salt barns are full to the brim meaning that it has more salt stockpiled in the county than ever before – some 12,000 tonnes more than official government recommendations – putting Nottinghamshire in a strong position for dealing with the worst winter conditions.

Street lights switched off to save council cash

Street lights in Leeds are to be switched off at certain times each night in a bid to save the council money.

The switch off will apply to around eight thousand of the city's 92 thousand street lights and is expected to save over 1 million pounds over the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, the council's executive board has also given the go ahead for Sunday and evening parking charges in Leeds city centre to be introduced to generate extra income


Kirklees drivers fined for parking in disabled spaces

Disabled bays at a car park Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The number of drivers caught misusing the disabled blue parking badge has increased following a clampdown by Kirklees Council.

There are over 17,000 disabled badge holders in Kirklees who can use parking bays closer to amenities for free if they are either driving the vehicle or are a passenger in it.

Between July 2012 and March 2013 council officers found 20 drivers to be illegally using the parking badges. Four of these were brought before the courts and the other offenders received cautions.

Council house rent to rise in Barnsley

Council house tenants in Barnsley will see an increase in their rent by an average of £4.06 from April. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council plan to provide 'targeted support for those tenants who will be directly affected by the changes'.

“This rent increase is regrettable but Barnsley and indeed, South Yorkshire in general, has had historically low rents. This has now been made impossible as we have to be in line with government policy to bring council house rents to the same level as Housing Association rents.”

– Cllr Linda Burgess, Cabinet Spokesperson, Development, Environment and Culture (Strategy, Programmes and Projects)

Calling all George Hudsons! (and Georginas)

The real George Hudson

City of York Council is inviting anyone named George, Georgina or Georga Hudson to be their special guests at its new headquarters next month. Why? They're opening the George Hudson boardroom, a former Mayor of York.

The room is being reopened as part of the council's move into West Offices, which was formerly York's previous railway station. The station was designed by GT Andrews in 1840 and was the vision of George Hudson. The boardroom will host council or public meetings.**

Video: Lincolnshire residents face bill for bin collections

Thousands more residents across Lincolnshire could soon have to pay 25 pounds a year to have their garden waste bin emptied, in a move that's being considered to generate money for the council.

People living in North Kesteven will join those in South Kesteven who already pay the charge from next year, if the idea is approved. Barcoded stickers are also likely to be used to keep track of who's paid and who hasn't.

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