Redundancies as Preston Town Hall bosses balance books

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Dozens of workers at Preston City Council have lost their jobs as part of efforts by Town Hall chiefs to balance the books.

So far at least 41 people have been dismissed from the authority, as bosses try to make savings of more than £3.5 million over three years.

Councillor Martyn Rawlinson

Councillor Martyn Rawlinson

Leaders say the staff cuts have been an essential part of finding savings, but could “greatly affect” services.

A report to the council’s employment committee said a savings plan agreed last year showed about 74 posts would go.

It said: “During 2014/15 there were three employees redeployed into other jobs using bump redundancies and of the 28 employees who left on redundancy/early retirement, only one was a compulsory redundancy. At the end of the financial year (March 31 2015) there were 14 employees on notice of redundancy, all of which had volunteered.
“As at May 31 2015, a further 13 employees have left on redundancy/ early retirement, all of which were volunteers.

“There are currently six employees on notice of redundancy, all of which are volunteers.”

A lot of the council’s expenditure is wages so that’s an obvious place to go when you’re looking for the kind of savings we had to find last year.

Coun Martyn Rawlinson,

It said a total of 41 employees had been dismissed under the redundancy policy by May 31.

Coun Martyn Rawlinson, cabinet member for resources, said: “A lot of the council’s expenditure is wages so that’s an obvious place to go when you’re looking for the kind of savings we had to find last year.

“It greatly affects the council’s capacity to run the services. We are still running most of the services that we had five years ago but with a lot fewer staff and a lot less money behind it.”

He said work would be prioritised and may take longer, with some possibly not getting done.