Dorset

Dorset council savings signal 'inevitable' job cuts

Dorset County Council has warned job losses will be "inevitable" as it tries to save £30m following the government's public sector cuts.

It has pledged to try to protect services but said it may have to find more savings.

Areas now under review include highways and transport, the library service and street lighting.

The council added there was a possibility that it could stop some services altogether.

'Harder squeeze'

A spokesman said: "Officers will also look at saving money on all areas of administration, publications, communications and document storage.

"As well as reducing the number of council buildings, which could come through delivering a service differently at lower cost."

The council is coming to the end of a three-year efficiency programme to save £8.6m a year.

Angus Campbell, council leader, said: "The government's comprehensive spending review, which will be announced in the autumn, will squeeze us much harder, and we must be ready for that.

"We will be looking at all areas of the council for savings."

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