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Bradford Council warns more jobs are at risk

The leader of Bradford Council has said more jobs could be lost on top of the 650 axed in its latest budget as the authority seeks to save £115m by 2017.

David Green issued the warning after councillors approved a series of cuts and agreed a 1.6% council tax rise for each of the next two years.

The labour-run authority, which employs around 9,000 people, has already cut 1,500 jobs since 2011.

Mr Green said: "There's no simple pain free solution to this problem".

He said: "There will be more jobs to go in the year 2015/16 as, despite setting the budget for two years, we recognise there's still a £15m gap from the budget we've set for 2015/16 and the amount of money that we have available."

'Incredibly difficult'

Other changes approved by councillors include the decision not to cut the opening hours of eight household waste recycling centres as previously proposed.

Mr Green said that a number of changes to the draft proposal put forward in 2013 had been made following a public consultation.

He said: "It has been incredibly difficult [to set this budget] and next years' budget will be more difficult and the year after more difficult still as the cumulative effect of the cuts hit.

"We've drawn up a budget that we can deliver, we've also listened very carefully to the consultation that was run."

The council said it has already made savings of £100m over the past three years.

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