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Barnsley Council to consult over job cuts

Barnsley Council has begun consultations with staff and unions over 300 job cuts, as it seeks to save £16.5m over the next year.

The leader of the council Steve Houghton said it was "very bad news" for staff.

Spokesman Paul Wade from the GMB Union said he feared some of the redundancies could be compulsory.

Mr Wade said he was told by the council that workers' terms and conditions would also be reviewed.

The council said consultation notices had been issued to staff.

'Cuts keep going'

"We've got to reduce the amount of redundancies. The proposal to cut terms and conditions is not clear whether that is linked to the amount of redundancies," said Mr Wade.

Labour leader of the council Mr Houghton said: "This is year three of the cuts. We've already saved £30m.

"Next year we've got to save another £16.5m.

"The cuts just keep going on and on and on."

The council said the consultation would last 90 days and it would be liaising with unions on the issue.

Mr Houghton added: "It's bad news for the staff who will be affected by the redundancies and bad news for the public, as it means a reduction in services as well."

A spokeswoman for the council said it estimated that savings of about £75m would need to be made over the next six years.

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