'Painful' decisions ahead as Hull City Council tries to save £33m
HULL: A senior city council officer has warned the authority is facing "painful" decisions as a result of a continued squeeze on its funding.
The council faces having to make at least £33m worth of savings over the next two years having already made £65m cuts last year when around 1,000 staff took voluntary redundancy.
More posts are now under review.
Finance officer Brendan Arnold said: "Given the circumstances we are facing, the city council has to change and the city has to change.
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"Some very painful decisions will have to be made over the next couple of years.
"Only a quarter of the national deficit has been removed so we are only a quarter of the way through the process."
Mr Arnold said changing the way the council operated would be fundamental if frontline services were to be protected.
"Very often change happens naturally, either through the development of technology or improved working practices.
"In this council we have become more skilled in the way we operate but the financial situation we are facing means there has to be ongoing improvements."