Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City Council to axe another 200 jobs

Two hundred jobs are set to go at Coventry City Council over the next two years.

The redundancies are part of the authority's plans to save £146m by 2014 and will take the total number of posts cut since 2010 to 1,000.

The council has already begun a trawl for voluntary redundancies and those seeking early retirement in a bid to prevent many compulsory redundancies.

It said it employed about 6,850 people, excluding school staff.

A spokesperson for the Labour-led council said: "A voluntary redundancy and early retirement programme will give council employees some choices and may help us to prevent large scale compulsory redundancies.

"Clearly, we can't let everyone take voluntary redundancy or early retirement, because once a post is made redundant, it has to be deleted.

"So in key areas, particularly frontline services like social care, we cannot accept every application for redundancy."

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