Lancashire

Eight top jobs to go at Blackburn council

Blackburn Town Hall
Image caption The director posts will go by January next year

Eight top management positions are to be cut at Blackburn with Darwen Council in order to protect frontline services.

The council will lose eight director posts by January 2011, reducing running costs by £2m.

The job losses come in anticipation of a reduction in government grants for local councils of between 25% and 40%.

Labour council leader Kate Hollern said losing the posts would benefit local people as the money saved would mean fewer services needed to be cut.

"If we don't do this we're going to have have some very highly paid officers with little to do, duplicating and cutting frontline services," she said.

"That wouldn't be right for the residents of Blackburn with Darwen."

The Labour Party regained control of the council after a vote of no confidence in its coalition leadership last month.

It had been run by a Conservative/Liberal Democrat/For Darwen coalition since 2007.

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