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Hundreds of council jobs under threat to save £45m

Aberdeen City Council's proposed budget also includes closing toilets and libraries.

Aberdeen: The city council hopes to save £45m.
Aberdeen: The city council hopes to save £45m.

More than 250 jobs at Aberdeen City Council could be cut in a bid to save nearly £45m.

Under the 2019-2020 budget proposals, which will go before councillors next week, the cost-saving measures include axing school crossing patrols, closing public toilets and raising council tax by up to 4.79%.

The administration is also proposing to close libraries and cut spending for the upkeep of parks, cemeteries, and roads.

Under the options, the council also expects to save money by reducing its workforce via voluntary redundancies.

In a report, it states: "Wherever possible, the council aims to achieve any reduction in staff numbers via the voluntary severance/early retirement scheme and the management of vacancies is of importance in reducing the expenditure on staff.

"It is anticipated that approximately 260 VSER applications will be required."

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