Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Prepare to Slash Jobs to Balance Their Books

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Prepare to Slash Jobs to Balance Their Books

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Councils are sel to make swingeing Job cuts In an attempt to balance the boohs ahead of their budgets next month.

One In seven local authorities has decided to cut jobs as a result of the economic downturn, according to a Local Government Association survey of council bosses In England published this week.

Nottingham City Council plans to make savings of E12m by losing the equivalent of 350 fulltime posts, affecting 4OO members of statt Making the cuts was the only way the authority could draw up a workable budget, the council said.

'This year Is exceptional. The combination of the global recession, which has caused some of our costs to rise and our Income to fall, means it will not be possible to set a balanced budget for 2OO9/10 without reducing the number of staff employed by the council,' tt said In a statement.

Last month, Oldham Council's Cabinet approved cuts of 48T posts in 2009/10 and a further 56 In 201O/11, making estimated savings of £8.9m. If they receive final approval when the council's budget is set next month, they will reduce layers of management from as many as ten In some departments to a maximum of five. …

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