Hundreds of Cheshire West jobs face axe under council plans

Northwich Guardian: Hundreds of Cheshrie West jobs face axe under council plans Hundreds of Cheshrie West jobs face axe under council plans

MORE than 400 local authority jobs could be lost as Cheshire West and Chester Council restructures to meet Government demands for additional budget savings.

‘Unavoidable’ staff reductions – which would save £14.7m – are among the budget options currently out to public consultation which are aimed at bridging a £49m financial gap over three years.

Today, Friday December 10, council leader Mike Jones said: “In an ideal world we would not be considering further job losses and we will do everything we can to manage this situation with empathy and understanding.

“However, the stark reality of this situation is that you cannot save this amount of money – and protect services – without being forced into making some extremely difficult decisions.”

If agreed, council staff reductions over the next three years will focus mainly on senior and middle management posts, but also affect staff across the board in six council services.

With an annual turnover of around 350 employees, the council hope that the reductions will be affected through natural causes, such as retirement and career change, and voluntary redundancy with little or no compulsory redundancy.

If agreed, there will be full consultation with members of staff and union representatives at director and departmental level and all proposals will be considered by scrutiny committees covering the relevant services.

Since its inception in 2009, Cheshire West and Chester Council has shed around 1,200 staff.

The council said involved only ‘a handful’ of compulsory losses.

CWAC said in four years, it has absorbed more than £40m of reductions in central grant while saving £113m through financial management and re-organisation.

Clr Jones added: “We will continue to restructure, innovate, increase efficiency and eliminate waste and duplication by sharing services with other authorities, while doing everything to protect frontline services, especially for vulnerable children and elderly residents.

“If it were not for similar actions taken since 2009, we would certainly have been facing the nightmare situation predicted by many of our hard-hit fellow local authorities across the country.”

Of the £113m saved, the council said £44m has been reinvested into frontline services, leaving a net saving of £69m for taxpayers – the equivalent of £629 on Band D homes.

The budget consultation closes on February 9 and ten days later members of the CWAC Executive will consider its proposals after examining the feedback from the public and stakeholders.

Final decisions will be made at full council on March 3.

In the meantime those wishing to consider the proposals and comment can do so by visiting www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/budgetconsultation

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Northwich Lover says...

And our Prime Minister says 'We've frozen Council Tax' as if it is a win win for everyone
And our Prime Minister says 'We've frozen Council Tax' as if it is a win win for everyone Northwich Lover

2:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

L Byrne says...

I wonder if CWAC Councillors allowances and expenses , currently running at £1.2 million a year (£23k per week) are to be included in the cuts?

That figure, by the way, excludes the cost of their pensions. A lot of people don't know that councillors qualify for a nice pension at the expense of community taxpayers. That's because the Council does not want us to know about it.

No prizes for guessing the answer to my question!
I wonder if CWAC Councillors allowances and expenses , currently running at £1.2 million a year (£23k per week) are to be included in the cuts? That figure, by the way, excludes the cost of their pensions. A lot of people don't know that councillors qualify for a nice pension at the expense of community taxpayers. That's because the Council does not want us to know about it. No prizes for guessing the answer to my question! L Byrne

1:53pm Sun 12 Jan 14

47thmoon says...

as usual cuts to social services and elderly and children's needs as its not about money but raising standards. But, cut as they cut, they never quite have the courage to cut their own TAKE as they, of course, always feel that their time is so much more precious than anything little joe public's wants or needs (how soon they forget who serves who in the Big Society)?
as usual cuts to social services and elderly and children's needs as its not about money but raising standards. But, cut as they cut, they never quite have the courage to cut their own TAKE as they, of course, always feel that their time is so much more precious than anything little joe public's wants or needs (how soon they forget who serves who in the Big Society)? 47thmoon

9:08am Mon 13 Jan 14

Hartford Harry says...

I'd get rid of the entire planning department. In their present guise they are as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

I'd then replace them with a single school leaver, employed to simply rubber stamp every housing development with 'recommend for approval'

The result would be the same level of service at a vastly reduced cost.
I'd get rid of the entire planning department. In their present guise they are as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I'd then replace them with a single school leaver, employed to simply rubber stamp every housing development with 'recommend for approval' The result would be the same level of service at a vastly reduced cost. Hartford Harry

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree