Hundreds of job losses and council tax rise proposed in latest wave of Doncaster Council cuts

Doncaster's  Civic Offices.
Doncaster's Civic Offices.

Doncaster council has this week proposed 487 job losses and to increase council tax by 1.95 per cent, in a bid to cut £70.5million from the council budget over the next two years.

If the budget, which outlines council spending for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years, is accepted - the 1.95 council tax rise would result in an increase to an annual cost of £763.39 for Band A properties and to £1,145.09 for Band D properties in 2015/16.

There would also be an additional 1.95 per cent council tax rise in the 2016/17 financial year.

As part of Government legislation introduced in 2011, a local authority is legally obliged to call a referendum if an council tax rise of 2 per cent or more is introduced.

The council is also looking to eliminate 487 jobs over the next two years.

The budget document states this will be achieved by ‘initially looking to delete vacant posts, and then offer voluntary redundancy, with compulsory redundancy being the last resort’.

When the council outlined their three year budget in 2014, they stated that around 1,200 jobs would be lost.

This has been reduced to 760 job losses, 487 of which will be made between now and April 2017.

The figures have been outlined a revenue budget document on the council’s website.

The proposed cuts will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, February 18.

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