Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Basingstoke and Deane council leader expects job losses

The chief executive of a Hampshire council has said job losses are expected during the authority's restructuring exercise.

Conservative-led Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has begun consulting staff over a "major restructure of the organisation".

Chief executive Tony Curtis said it was too early in the process to know how many staff might face redundancy.

The restructuring plan is due to be put before full council in October.

Mr Curtis said: "With a major restructure we do anticipate some job losses but we are aiming to keep these to a minimum.

"We will assist affected staff through redeployment and reskilling where possible or to help them find new roles elsewhere.

"At this early stage we are unable to give the number of redundancies or to indicate the level of financial savings."

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