Council consult over cuts to budget

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A public consultation on how Leeds City Council should allocate its resources in the wake of large cuts to its budget comes to an end this week.

Leeds residents have been asked to have their say on how money should be saved through, with more than 400 responses having already been tabled.

The local authority has said it needs to save over £76m in the next financial year’s budget.

As a result of ongoing austerity measures, 475 council staff are expected to be made redundant.

Initial proposals have suggested increasing council house rents, a top-up in nursery fees and a six per cent cut in roads maintenance.

Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of the city council, said: “I’d like to thank those who have taken part in the public consultation so far, but this year more than ever we need people to tell us what they think so I would appeal to as many residents as possible to get involved. There is no escaping that this year will be the toughest budget yet in terms of the decisions we face.”