Hundreds face sack in Town Hall cuts

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HUNDREDS of town hall workers have been told they face the sack today as drastic cutbacks have been revealed.

Blackpool Council bosses today told The Gazette how they would go about making the £27m worth of savings necessary after the council’s Government grant was slashed.

The unhappy picture sees 350 staff facing the chop, resort libraries to close, the world-famous Illuminations shortened and £1/4m slashed from the budget to host events which bring tourists flooding into the resort each year.

The council’s beach patrol team, regularly responsible for saving lives off the Fylde coast, will also have its budget dramatically reduced and lose staff.

There were also revelations millions of pounds would be cut from social services, including a hefty £2m saving in the young people’s department meaning vulnerable children will be given less help.

On top of that, the elderly and disabled are facing a bleak future as the home help budget has been reduced by £1/2m while carers will see a cutback in respite services.

The council has also cut the cash it provides to schools to give extra PE lessons to schools in the resort.

For full story see Saturday’s Gazette.