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Plan to cut about 100 jobs at Northamptonshire council

About 100 jobs are to be cut at a council in Northamptonshire as part of a bid to save £3.8m.

Wellingborough Council is shedding a third of its workforce after government grants were cut by an extra £1.4m.

The Tory-controlled authority's deputy leader, Paul Bell, said community economic development would be hit hard.

Mr Bell said: "These are extremely painful decisions, but we have no choice as we are losing so much government money."

But he added: "We can reassure the public that they will still have their streets cleaned and their bins emptied.

"Unfortunately we can't guarantee that services such as holiday schemes, community development such as the work that's been done with the Hemmingwell estate, or the youth council, for example, will still be provided."

The final budget will be considered by full council on 1 March.

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