Middlesbrough Council cuts: More job losses, more savings and rise in council tax proposed

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Middlesbrough Council is facing the cuts axe again as Ray Mallon unveiled his proposals for another string of cost savings.

At Middlesbrough Town Hall  Mayor Mallon set out his proposals for the budget for 2015/16.

Among the key proposals raised were:

:: The budget slashed by £14.1m;

:: 770 jobs affected – including 220 job losses, 350 staff transferring from Mouchel to council and 200 transferring out;

:: Council tax will rise by up to 2%;

:: Funding for books in libraries to be cut by half;

:: More automated systems, fewer staff;

:: Charging for Newport Road bus lane misuse to generate an income of £30,000;

:: Removing funding for speech and language therapy in schools – making schools are responsible for the cost. A saving of £30,000;

> Which will just be transfered to the schools, who can’t afford it either.

:: No subsidies for bus services 12…

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