NEWS ROUNDUP: Council budget and apprenticeship assistance
Nearly £90million pounds worth of cuts, 800 job losses and a five per cent rise in council tax have been voted through as part of Leeds City Council’s budget. The changes were announced by the authority’s new leader, Councillor James Lewis, who said the increases in demand for services and loss of revenue caused by Covid-19 meant the city was facing its “biggest crisis in 75 years”. However, opposition leader Councillor Andrew Carter claimed the authority’s financial problems were “self-inflicted wounds”.
Leeds City Council have pledged to offer support to local apprentices who may be struggling to complete their training due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They may help their employer seek funding to retain them or attempt to identify an alternative employer who will let them finish their apprenticeship.
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