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Bolton Council agrees to cut hundreds of jobs

Bolton Town Hall
Image caption Bolton Council will ask for volunteers for early retirement and redundancy

Bolton Council has agreed proposals to shed up to 500 jobs in an attempt to reduce its budget by £50m.

Executive members of the authority voted in favour of the cuts to help off-set the anticipated reduction in central government grants.

The coalition has outlined plans to bring down public spending by £6.25bn.

The council, which has 12,000 employees and wants up to 40% savings over five years, has said it will seek volunteers for retirement and redundancies.

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