Council job cuts likely

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EMPLOYEES and unions at Cambridgeshire County Council are being told this week where redundancies may be expected as part of the authority’s proposals to meet tough savings.

The proposed reduction in employees, which includes continuing reduction in management costs.

In December the Council announced that due to the significant reduction in Government grant and other pressures it had to make predicted savings of around £160.6 million over the next five years – including up to 450 people leaving the authority in the coming year.

The main grant given by Government has reduced by 14 per cent from last year.

The County Council is known nationally as an authority that manages its funds well and in the last five years has saved £60 million – some £18 million in the last year alone. Transforming services will be a major challenge as the Council is already a lean organisation.

Cambridgeshire has met with its recognised trade unions to start the formal consultation process to explore how many posts may need to go and from what services.

The Council has entered into an agreement with neighbouring Northamptonshire County Council to share back office professional services, such as Human Resources, Finance and legal services.

The Council has already started to prioritise services to help the most vulnerable in society.

The full budget proposals will be discussed by councillors at Cabinet on January 25 and a final decision made at a meeting of the Council on February 15.