Cuts Watch #386: Further job losses announced in Local Government
Further job losses have been announced in Local Government, up to 1,300 jobs are set to go at a West Sussex County Council as it looks to make savings of £79 million over the next three years. The cuts will see the total number of people employed at the council, excluding schools, fall from 6,300 now to 5,000 in three years time. An estimated 500 posts – 100 of which are temporary agency staff – will go at West Sussex County Council between now and 2014. A further 800 jobs look likely to be transferred to employment with other service providers.
The county council has said that most of the jobs to be lost will be in management and back office and support services. Roles will also be lost in office administration and specialist functions such as human resources, training, finance and democratic services. However other positions will go as a result of changes, with posts in the youth service also subject to consultation.