Derby City Council announces further job cuts

Derby City Council needs to cut up to a further 350 posts as it struggles with "mounting pressure" on its budget, it has revealed.

The authority has already accepted voluntary redundancies from more than 700 people.

The city council hopes enough people will come forward voluntarily rather than having to make compulsory cuts.

Savings of £25m need to be made for 2013-14. Chief executive Adam Wilkinson called it was "extremely challenging".

'No alternative'

He added: "We must wait until the Autumn Statement on 5 December before we know the exact position but it's already clear that we have no alternative but to reduce our staffing numbers.

"I am hopeful that we can reduce them by voluntary means and to do so we are offering the most attractive and affordable voluntary redundancy package we can."

The authority has already cut £22.7m from its 2012-13 budget and it needs to save £90m over the next five years.

In the latest round of cuts, employees will need to leave Derby City Council by 31 December.

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