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Leaders warn of more pain to come.

CITY leaders warned Liverpool residents there was more pain to come after announcing the latest round of council cuts.

They described the axing of school uniform grants for low income families as "heartbreaking" as the authority's ruling Labour cabinet approved another pounds 16m of cuts.

At the same meeting, councillors voted to close three libraries, reduce opening hours at 17 others and cut 76 jobs.

But officials must still find another pounds 4m to plug a pounds 50m hole in next year's budget.

Council bosses conceded even though Friday's cuts were painful, even more unpopular measures may still be needed.

And at least another pounds 60m of cuts must be found between 2013 and 2015.

Deputy council leader Paul Brant said: "The things we are voting on are heartbreaking options. But the people of this city elected us to responsibly balance the budget in the fairest way - and that is what we have tried to do."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2012
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