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Cumbria council launches cuts consultation as union fears for job losses

Spending cuts of up to £18 million have been proposed by Cumbria County Council as it battles to cut costs.

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Yes what a good idea get rid of surplus Management.

Brighton and Hove Green Party have suggested a 2% Council Tax increase to save their Services,the maximum before a referendum is needed to the peoples,apparently. This coupled with getting rid of Management structure that fail to implement effective Management sounds like a brilliant idea,so long as they do not get a big pay off. Same would be good for Hospitals.

What say you Happy ex ccc worker??

Posted by Pete on 29 November 2012 at 09:39

The leader of the council reminds us that £50millions in savings are needed over the next year or so, can I remind the people of Cumbria that this government like the one before it is giving £53millions PER DAY to the EU. How many schools could be improved, potholes filled, care homes kept open, redundancies stayed etc? Only UKIP will extricate us from this EU state.Time for a change of direction I think.

Posted by Michael Owen on 28 November 2012 at 17:30

I work as an officer for Cumbria County Council and as one poster correctly pointed out, it is going to the dogs.

The number of Councillors for the size of the County is about right, people shouldnt knock them, they do quite a difficult job and receive quite a low wage.

The issue is the sheer number of managers, I know of 3 who only manage one person.

Senior managers have reduced staff levels to ridiculous levels. Staff with technical ability have left due to reduced salarys through single status and the excessive use of consultants is simply shameful.

The management needs replaced with immediate effect. They are out of touch and lack the ability to lead. The previous staff survey showed that less than 10 percent of staff thought the management team showed leadership.

Posted by Happy ex ccc worker on 26 November 2012 at 21:07

Why or why is it always the front-line staff who are the first to suffer? About time the number of councillors were cut - they never seem to do anything but attend meetings.

Posted by polly on 26 November 2012 at 14:47

The obvious thing to do is to restructure the management positions and reduce the huge salaries they command, however, turkeys very rarely vote for christmas.

Posted by Craig on 26 November 2012 at 14:38

Can the staff who are on between £84k & £174k offer to take a pay cut to something more reasonable???? Or publicly come out & thank us public for providing them with such undeserved, lavish lifestyles, whilst we worry about how we're going to pay our mortgages.....Come on Jill Stannard, Im sure youve got it in you!

Posted by Maureen on 26 November 2012 at 13:24

far too many highly paid managers,consultants etc. The same 'managers' are now deciding how many many workers on the ground they can cull, without considering their own obscene salaries. Blatantly disgraceful- SHAME ON THEM ALL.

Posted by keith on 25 November 2012 at 23:12

Savings can and should be made!, starting with the enormous salaries of those at the top of the council, as for increasing council tax by 1% scandelous!, i hav not had a payrise for nearly 3 years yet my employer the directors have awarded themselves an average of 12% over the last 2 years, someone is taking the P.

Posted by Andrew on 25 November 2012 at 19:48

Time to cut out the amount of time managers spend in meetings and travelling to conferences perhaps. More meetings/events could be held Cumbria to boost the economy and let council's in the south spend bear the brunt of time and travel.

Posted by Kayleigh Hawkins on 25 November 2012 at 16:49

Fed up with Council Workers who dont work = I agree with your last comment. The lazy minority staff should be booted out of the Council.

Far too many chiefs and not enough people who do things.

Posted by Bob on 25 November 2012 at 01:16

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