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409 apply for one low-paid council job

409 people have applied for a cleaner's job , working for Kirklees Council.

According to the council the job, which involves cleaning and clearing empty council homes, is on the minimum wage of £11,945 -a-year.

But as hundreds fought for some of the poorest paid jobs, some of the better paid jobs with the local authority went uncontested.

In several jobs at pay grades just above the national average there was only one candidate.

A vacancy for a deputy social services manager on £35,430 per year received a solitary applicant, as did a vacancy for an administration manager on £30,011


Kirklees axe three specialist teachers

Kirklees Council has announced it is to lose three of its specialist teachers who provide support for deaf children in schools.

Despite a long campaign by local families the cuts will come into force in September.

Parents believe the cuts will have a devastating effect on their children's future as they will then be even more at risk of not developing communication skills and failing at school.

They have the support of the National Deaf Children's Charity.

Queensgate Market scoops national award

Huddersfield's Queensgate Market has beaten over 700 markets from all over the country to be named market hall of the year by the National Association of British Market Authorities at their annual awards ceremony.

This is the second time Kirklees Markets have received the highest award from NABMA, following Dewsbury Market's previous win of Market of the Year in 2007.

"This is terrific news for Queensgate Market, and a great honour for us to be recognised as the best in the country.

“I’m delighted to hear that the judges were impressed by the innovative work of our Markets Team. For some time now, we’ve focussed our efforts on encouraging new businesses to see market trading as a cost-effective way to test out their ideas. "

– Councillor Peter McBride, Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council leader hits out at heart surgery decision

Mehboob Khan Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leader of Kirklees Council Mehboob Khan has hit out at the decision to end children’s heart surgery in Leeds. The move means that families will now have to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for life-saving surgery. He vowed to fight on with supporters to push for the decision to be reconsidered.

“There are many reasons why this decision is a disaster for families in our area. The travelling time, the expense, the loss of expert support from the region, the numbers of people that will need to use the chosen hospitals ," he said.

"600,000 people who signed the biggest petition in the history of the NHS can’t all be wrong! But while we have lost this battle, we must still campaign to win the war and work at the highest levels of government to see the decision overturned. "