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Council job cuts will not affect waste services in Leciestershire

Leicestershire County Council has said that frontline waste services will not be affected despite its plans to 650 of its full-time staff redundant over the next four years.

The reason for the planned job cuts comes down to the need to reduce public spending following the recession.

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: The County Council needs to find £66m of savings over the next four years.

The savings will be found through two routes: the majority will be through efficiency savings but there is also a need for service reduction savings.

Meeting this level of saving is extremely challenging for the County Council and affects all service areas with the exception of safeguarding vulnerable children and adults and waste management.

Waste management is identified as an area which will require additional investment to meet future increased costs.

This is a sentiment echoed by the Local Government Association who believe that even if local authorities do need to make job cuts, this should not have an impact on waste services.

LGA business manager for the environment Clive Harris said: Obviously local authorities are facing very tough times at the moment, but they are all working very hard to ensure that frontline services are maintained at current levels wherever possible.

Leicestershire is not the only county council planning job cuts. Reports suggest that Cornwall also plan to axe 600 jobs while in Oxfordshire up to 500 jobs could go.

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