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Jobs will go as part of council cash cutbacks
7:30am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
JOBS will be lost in the wake of Thurrock Council's cash cutbacks, its cabinet has warned.
Andy Smith, Labour cabinet member for regeneration, said the authority had to be “blunt” about what the huge savings it has to make will mean.
He said: “I wasn’t going to say anything, but as it’s not been said, I think we need to be blunt and honest with our residents, because the size of the cuts are so big that we’re actually going to carry on making people lose their jobs, and making people redundant.
“Nobody around this table wants to do this, but we have no choice.
“We’ll go bust if we don’t make these savings. Unfortunately in my area, and in a lot of other areas, people will be losing their jobs in the next few months.”
Council leader John Kent replied: “Sadly, that’s absolutely right. We will receive £12million less from Government over the next two years, and that’s on top of the £7million cut that we had in this year’s budget.
“I’m confident that what we’ve set out to do, and what we’ve achieved, is being as fair as we possibly can with the savings we are proposing, and wherever we possibly can, protecting the frontline.”