Unison dismayed at plans to cut jobs and services in Portsmouth as part of £11m council savings

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A UNION has hit out at the latest round of cuts to public services in Portsmouth.

The city council’s Tory administration has unveiled its proposals to slash £11m from the budget next year, as reported in The News yesterday.

It includes £2.65m worth of cuts to health and social care, £3.5m from the resources team responsible for work including HR and IT and £800,000 from the traffic portfolio.

Up to 100 jobs across all departments could be axed.

Unison regional organiser James Smith said: ‘Under these proposals, the city will lose valued public services which are already cut to the bone, as well as the high quality staff who deliver these services. Unison will take time to examine the budget proposal and continue to work with the community to fight each and every cut.

‘It’s concerning to see preventative services such as substance and alcohol misuse and sexual health being targeted as this not only helps residents when they are in need but also can reduce demand on other public services, such as the NHS.’

The proposals include a two per cent hike in council tax bills in 2016/2017.

The budget will go before the full council on December 8.