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Council posts cut in savings plan

About 200 council posts are to be lost in York as part of plans to save £15m in the city over the next three years.

City of York Council said it should be possible to meet the reductions through measures such as staff turnover, retirements and redeployment.

Kersten England, the council's new chief executive, said she expected to be able to meet the savings target without any compulsory redundancies.

The council's executive board will consider the plans on 20 October.

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Ms England said: "This isn't about job losses.

"Let us say right now that we have made a commitment to reduce numbers of posts, where we believe it's in the interest of efficiency, through vacancy management, through turnover, by the fact that some of our workforce is coming close to retirement, through retraining and redeployment.

"We are confident that with the numbers of posts which are identified as no longer being necessary, that we will achieve that without moving towards compulsory redundancies."

A council spokesman said despite the need for savings, it was committed to meeting the £15m target without reducing the level or quality of services for customers.



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