Cuts Watch #345: Councils in England announce more job cuts
Further to 2,000 jobs being axed at Manchester City Council, it was announced today that more than 2,000 jobs are to be cut at two county councils. This adds to the depressing unemployment figures announced today.
1,200 jobs (8% of the workforce) are set to be axed at Hampshire County Council under plans to save £55m for 2011/12. This is as a result of a £30.9m (14.3%) reduction in the council’s government grant. Planned savings include more than £7m from cutting senior management, £10m from renegotiating contracts and £1m each in communications, support and IT costs.
Norfolk County Council has also said that it will axe about 1,000 jobs in the next year, about 10% of its workforce. Budget cuts of £155m over the next 3 years will be tabled on Monday.
On Tuesday, East Sussex County Council revealed plans to shed between 150 and 200 jobs in 2011-12 (3.5%-4.7% of the workforce) as it looks to save £100m over the next four years. Further job losses are expected in the following three years. All departments will have to make cuts over the next four years, with £37 million being saved in the first year alone. The children’s services department is set to take a big hit, with £20 million needing to be saved because of deep cuts to various grants from Government. Multimillion-pound savings will also be made to other departments, including adult social care, transport and environment, and corporate resources.
A press release today by GMB shows the extent of the number of jobs under threat in local authorities; their latest list shows that a total of 125,894 posts are under threat of being made redundant at 165 councils and authorities across Britain.