THE full impact of job cuts at City of York Council has been revealed for the first time – with music teaching, children’s social care administration and libraries all taking a hit.

The authority is set to shed more than 150 posts in its drive to save millions of pounds, but details of where the axe will fall has been hazy.

Now a spread sheet produced by officers has outlined some key details of where jobs are due to go.

Peripatetic music services are to lose 18 out of 50 posts, with the council planning to review and streamline the service to focus on teaching in schools rather than in smaller groups.

Six posts will go in children’s social care administration and another seven in Explore (libraries), with the council looking to reduce staffing there through self-issuing technology and using volunteers.

Labour group leader Coun James Alexander, who obtained the figures, said they revealed for the first time in detail how cuts in staffing would impact on services and the public.

He was particularly worried vulnerable children would be put at risk by the social care cut and the library service would be hit by the Explore cuts.

He claimed the Liberal Democrat council was trying to portray a “great shop window without anything behind it to sell”, with services “hollowed out” to give the false impression the cuts were not biting.

But Coun Andrew Waller, the Liberal Democrat council leader, said unlike Labour-run councils elsewhere, which had rushed into staff redundancies in their thousands, York had taken a different approach, focused on maintaining frontline services by reducing running costs and administration.

“We have protected the number of social workers for children’s services, but have looked at how we can save on back-office systems in order to do this,” he said.

Council chief executive Kersten England said the council was facing a reduction in Government funding of 28 per cent over the next four years, and deciding where to make the £15 million of savings needed in 2011/12 had been a difficult process for all involved.

The council had tried to preserve employment across services through whatever practical means possible and remained committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies wherever possible.