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Hull City Council confirms 240 staff to go

Hull City Council has confirmed it plans to cut about 171 posts, equivalent to 240 members of staff.

The deputy leader of the Labour-led authority, Councillor Darren Hale, said the job losses would be from "back office functions"

"What we are trying to do is protect front-line services," Mr Hale said.

He added that central government had cut £90m from the council's budget over five years and it had plans to save £5.7m per year until 2014.

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

Mr Hales said compulsory redundancies could not be ruled out but the council would try to minimise them through redeployment and voluntary redundancy.

Pete Schofield, a convenor for the union Unite, said: "The problem is the sheer amount of money to be saved, it's quite a gloomy picture.

"For jobs to be put at risk by something unproven is madness."

Mr Schofield said it was too soon to say what would be done by the union's members about the announcement.

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