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Lancashire County Council plans to shed 2,500 jobs

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Lancashire County Council workers are to be encouraged to take voluntary redundancy as the authority looks to cut 2,500 full time posts by April 2016.

The council, which expects to have to save around £300m from its annual budget in the next four years, said it was striving to avoid making compulsory redundancies.

However, a proposal going to its cabinet next week would see workers encouraged to apply for voluntary redundancy.

Leader of the council Jennifer Mein said: “This is the harsh reality of the cuts being imposed by Government, as we seek to find £300m savings on top of the £220m the council has saved over the last three years.

“The council simply cannot make these savings without significant reductions both in the services it provides to local communities and in the number of people it employs to deliver those services.

“These are decisions we would rather not have to make, but I am determined to lead the council through this period in a way that makes the changes as fair as possible to the public and employees alike.

“That includes giving the people who work here a clear understanding of where we’re going and doing everything we can to avoid compulsory redundancies.

“My hope is that enough people will choose to go on a voluntary basis and our proposed approach has that outcome in mind.”

The proposals are due to go before the cabinet on Friday, January 24.

The cuts affect the council’s non-schools workforce of around 13,000.

More to follow.

 

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