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Hull City Council set to cut 240 posts

Hundreds of council roles are under threat in Hull as city officials ponder a restricted budget for 2013-14.

Hull City Council has said 240 employees - the equivalent of 170 full-time posts - will go as processes are automated and transferred to computers.

Roles under threat include jobs in payroll, legal services, human resources and communications.

No-one was available from the union Unison which represents many council workers.

In a statement the council said it needed to save £8m in 2013-14 and £25m in 2014-15 - a total of £33m over the two financial terms.

A spokesman said: "In order to operate with reduced funding, a number of reviews are taking place across the council, looking at where expenditure could be reduced, while minimising the impact on the city."

Officials at the council said an organisational support review aimed to "introduce more modern, efficient and cost-effective ways of working".

They said the review would save an estimated £5.7m a year.

The spokesman added: "This will mean that fewer staff are required to provide these functions."

The proposals are to be discussed by the council's Value for Money Scrutiny Commission, ahead of a decision being made by the cabinet on 26 November.

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