Leeds Council facing 2,000 job losses

Leeds City Council has warned that 2,000 jobs are at risk as a result of funding cuts, which leaves the council needing to save around £110 million by March 2020.

The council’s executive board will meet to determine how best to make the necessary savings, with £81 million of the £110 million needing to be found in the 2017/18 financial year.

The workforce is likely to be cut to meet the savings target, with 2,000 jobs predicted to be cut, some of which may be through compulsory redundancies.

Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “We look forward with interest to what direction the new Government takes in the Autumn Statement in relation to deficit reduction and its impact on funding for vital public services.

“However, the current grant settlement as it stands means it will be incredibly difficult to continue to protect those services. That said, as a council we will do all we can to minimise the effect of the cuts on vulnerable people as well as on our own workforce.”