BREAKING: Doncaster Council announces £109m wave of cuts

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Council tax is set to rise and more than 1,200 jobs are at risk under Doncaster Council’s next £109 million wave of cuts, it is revealed today.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones is also warning of closures to old people’s homes and children’s centres as the council comes to terms with the latest cuts to its funding from the Government.

At least 1,200 jobs are at risk, all of the town’s council-run care homes are set to close and council tax will increase by two per cent per year for three years as the latest budget reductions bite.

Three or more of the town’s day centres will close, 70 per cent of council buildings will be disposed of and bus routes will lose their subsidies if current proposals are accepted. A number of children’s centres could also go.

A consultation on how the £109m should be found begins today and residents, community groups, volunteers and businesses are all encouraged to come forward with suggestions as to how services can be provided differently and more economically in future.

Mrs Jones said: “These are draconian cuts that are coming here to Doncaster. We have got to balance the budget and we are not shying away from the responsibility we have got. These have been forced upon us.”

Visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/budget to view the full budget proposal and leave your comments.