Norfolk

Norfolk adult education jobs at risk

About 14 jobs could be lost in the adult education department in Norfolk as the county council needs to save more than £500,000.

The council has said there will be "immediate" management and staff cuts due to continuing falls in funding.

The department could also be merged with the library service in a plan due to be discussed by councillors next week.

More than 9,000 people a year use the service.

Margaret Wilkinson, council cabinet member for communities with responsibility for adult education, said: "Faced with in-year cuts in government funding in excess of £500,000, we are proposing reviewing our structure to try to find immediate savings so the service can work within a balanced budget now and in the years ahead."

Staff who are at risk are now being consulted about the proposed job cuts.

A council report due to be considered on Tuesday after a review of the adult education department recommends a partnership with the library service to save more money.

It says Norfolk's 47 libraries would be used more if adult education courses were held in the buildings.

However, all four proposals due to be discussed include keeping the department's main sites at Wensum Lodge, Thorpe and Attleborough.

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