Cash-strapped council will axe 600 jobs

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HUNDREDS of jobs will go at Derbyshire County Council over the next year as part of tough budget cuts.

The authority’s full council met yesterday to agree £25m worth of cuts for the next 12 months in a controversial move which will see 600 jobs – including office, middle and senior management roles – axed.

A number of county council departments including children’s services and adult care will have to cut spending over the next year with the council making voluntary and compulsory redundancies.

The cutbacks are part of the Conservative-run authority’s four-year plan to save £96m and axe 2,000 jobs by 2015 as a result of the squeeze on public spending.