Leeds City Council faces fresh £10m cut to its budget

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LEEDS CITY Council is facing an unexpected £10 million hole in its budget for next year.

The Government announced its funding for councils today and Leeds’s budget will be cut by £34 million rather than the expected £24 million.

The money is the equivalent of 1,400 council staff or the authority’s contribution to spending on transport in West Yorkshire.

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Earlier this month, the council announced it was facing an £87 million gap between the cost of services and its income in its budget for next year and set out a range of cost-saving measures.

Reacting to the latest funding announcement, Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “These cuts will undoubtedly impact on our ability to deliver a range of important services, and mean we have to change how we operate in the future as the resource is simply no longer there.

“When you take into account other cuts to welfare and the former NHS public health budget, there is no doubt the next few years are going to be extremely difficult for residents who rely on public services.

“On top of this, as the government is cutting back on its grant support to councils, council tax paid by the people of Leeds will have to stretch further than ever before to help fund the services that remain.”

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