Berkshire

Slough Borough Council announces 80 job losses

Up to 80 jobs are to be cut at Slough Borough Council.

Councillors rubber-stamped budget proposals at a meeting on Monday evening in a bid to save about £8m over the next financial year.

Council leader Robert Anderson said compulsory losses could not be ruled out but people had taken voluntary redundancy or early retirement.

The council had already revealed plans to reduce the number of senior managers from 27 to 17 to save £1.2m.

'Low number'

Jobs under threat are within finance, property, legal and human resources.

Mr Anderson said up to 50 people had already taken voluntary redundancy or early retirement.

"But there is now about another 80 on top of that who are now what we call at risk," he said.

"We hope we can redeploy some people to different areas but with cuts of this magnitude you can't rule out the fact eventually some people may have to face a compulsory route.

"We have done our best to try and keep this number as low as possible."

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