County Council proposes 130 job losses amid huge cutbacks
County Council has this week unveiled plans for millions of pounds
of cutbacks to its services and the loss of 130 staff in a bid to
secure its long-term financial sustainability.
than 70 proposals have been announced which will be considered for
decision by the Councils Cabinet when it meets later this
agreed, they would save around £13m over the remainder of
this financial year and £15m including 2019/20.
Councils finances have been hit by massive reductions in central
government funding and increases in costs and demand.
David Fothergill, right, Leader of the Council, said that
after making £130m of savings and efficiencies over the last
eight years, the authority had now reached the "very sharp
end" of continued austerity.
authorities have to deliver a balanced budget," he said. "We
cannot overspend and be bailed-out later we have to live
within our means."
the huge pressures, until this point we have managed to maintain
- and in key areas improve - services, but the funding we receive
falls far short of the cost of the services we provide and that
has to have an impact."
tried hard to avoid this, looked at every option open to us in terms
of financial flexibility, but have been left with no choice. These
proposals will be hard to deliver and difficult to stomach for anyone
who works for or with this authority."
is the very sharp end of austerity, but the consequences of not
taking this action, of not bringing ourselves to financial sustainability,
would be even harder on our residents and that has to be avoided."
agreed, the proposals would address the majority of this financial
years pressures and lay the foundations for our longer-term
financial sustainability, based on a core of services that prioritises
vulnerable children and adults and the services most valued by residents."
two days unpaid for all staff and councillors for the next two
years (approx. £1m)
the winter gritting network from 23 to 16 routes (£120,000)
Tauntons two Taunton Park and Ride services (£170,000)
of administration funding from the four district Citizens Advice
Bureau services, protecting the grant (£469,000)
in the Councils early help support, including getset services,
support for young carers and youth services (£2.5m)
contribution to reserves (£1.9m)
to Learning Disability contract (£770,000)
and reducing ICT contracts and licences (£129,000)
all the proposals are approved by Cabinet, up to 130 staff posts
could be lost and a consultation on this has been started with the
Fothergill added: "Nobody comes into politics to make decisions
like this, but local governments continuous lobbying for more
funding simply hasnt been heard."
have fantastic staff doing great work that improves the lives of
residents every day, and it hurts that they will be affected by
this and we will do everything we can to minimise the impacts."
the remainder of this financial year, the proposals would deliver
total savings of £3.8m in services for adults, £2.1m
in services for children, £3.8m from highways and infrastructure,
and £2.9m from the corporate support services.
savings proposals are included as part of the Revenue Monitoring
report that will be discussed by the Councils Cabinet on 12