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Newcastle Council say 'no decisions have been made' as it looks to save £30million

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Newcastle Council say they are having to face up to the reality that in the future they will have to stand on their 'own two feet' as they look to decide how they'll save £30million over the next year.

They've launched a challenge to local residents, encouraging them to have a go at how they might start to save the money required.

People are being encouraged to have a go at balancing the books on an online budget simulator.

Take a look at the video below:

The latest proposals could see up to 100 jobs go from the Council along with:

  • Withdraw subsidy from Kenton Park Sports Centre and Newburn Activity Centre
  • Withdraw funding from school crossing patrols (except in areas where there is proven danger)
  • Reduce contributions to the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and Newcastle Futures

The leader of the City Council Nick Forbes called the scale of the cuts "massive" - with a consultation period to begin on the 12th of October this year.