600 Cumbria council jobs may go if huge cuts approved - union
Last updated at 11:25, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Six hundred jobs will be axed at Cumbria County Council if an anticipated £80 million of austerity cuts are approved, a union has warned.
Councillors will today be briefed on the potentially devastating implications of the next round of Government-driven cutbacks.
The authority has already seen hundreds of jobs wiped out as a result of £88m of cuts in the last three years.
While senior managers at the council insist that it is too early to assess the likely impact of the next round of budget reductions, the union Unison today predicted the true scale of job losses involved.
The union’s county branch secretary Deborah Hamilton said: “These are massive cuts.
“We have already lost approximately 800 jobs in the authority over the past few years and now more jobs are to disappear and services will be lost to the people of Cumbria. The authority is being forced into a restricted budget because of the ConDems’ scheme to reduce funding to local government.
“We are paying the price for a global financial problem not of our making.”
She said the budget would mean the “likely” loss of 600 posts. “[That’s] 600 jobs lost to the Cumbrian economy which will no doubt have a multiplied knock-on effect in our rural county,” she added.
Mrs Hamilton said hundreds of county council staff were already working under intense pressure, having absorbed the work of colleagues who have left.
She said: “There’s been no pay rise for three years so wages aren’t keeping pace with the cost of living.
“People are at breaking point. They are reducing public services, and in rural county like Cumbria the effect is multiplied.”
A Cumbria County Council spokesman said it was too early to say what the impact on jobs would be.
“Only when we have decided how the money will be saved will it be possible for us to know that, but clearly in an organisation which has staff costs as such a significant part of its spending there is bound to be an impact,” he said.
“What I can say is that, as with the £88m of savings delivered so far, we will do everything we can to manage that transition.
“Where possible, our preferred option would be for staff to leave voluntarily.”
He said the council was planning to spend an extra £600,000 on child protection, much of it paying for extra social workers. Referrals to the service have increased in recent years.
Councillors will meet in Kendal today to discuss what the cuts will mean.
A final decision on the scale and nature of the reductions in council spending will not be made for some time.
First published at 11:24, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Both CCC and Carlisle City councils are not fit for purpose so more cuts won't have a major effect on their ability to operate. Any council that thinks giving stronger rubbish bags and cutting collection to two weekly helps shows the complete lack of understands of local needs. This city has bigger problems to deal with ie Botchergate The Lonsdale The Citadel Hotel empty City centre Shops Castle street dying on its feet since the revamp of the pavements. Whilst the council cannot effect direct action over many.of the points indirect pressure can be brought to bear by intelligent people who don't just have self interest at heartache are not afraid to make a splash. It's not always about money it's about caring about he City and County
the ccc have got to make space for our Bulgarian and Romanian who arrive in jan
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