Job losses on way as part of Doncaster Council cuts plan

Ros Jones.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Ros Jones. Picture: Andrew Roe

More than 70 council workers could lose their jobs as part of further service cuts to help Doncaster Council save more than £16 million.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones laid out how the axe will fall over the next three years in her draft budget proposal.

The authority has already revealed how it plans to save about £92m of the £109m government-imposed funding cuts earlier this year, which included 1, 200 job cuts, along with the closure of seven authority-run care homes and four day centres.

In a new report, Mayor Jones outlined how the council intends to save the outstanding £16.1m up to 2017.

She insisted her proposals protect front-line services and added: “It has been a very testing and arduous process but the good news is that we are now starting to see the benefits of our plans to modernise council services and create new jobs and economic growth.”

The proposals include cutting an additional 76 jobs across several departments, while residents face a 1.95 per cent annual council tax increase up to 2017, which had already been agreed earlier this year.

The authority will also net about £1.87m through saving costs on pension deficit payments. A reduction in the number of borough councillors from 63 to 54 will also result in savings.

The council is anticipating receiving about £1.28m in new business rates through the delivery of major projects such as new airport link road, iPort logistics hub and the Civic and Cultural Quarter development.

Meanwhile, cuts to the transport budget could lead to the removal of paper timetables and parishes could have to pay for the upkeep of play areas, a service which is currently free.

The report says replacing the council’s energy-sapping lamp-posts with LED lights will save an extra £750,000 a year and more sheltered housing schemes will help older people live more independently and mitigate the closure of care homes.

The plans go before full council on November 27.