Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Redundancies 'will save Hampshire County Council £46m'

Voluntary redundancies will save Hampshire County Council £46m by the end of 2013, it has claimed.

The local authority has published a report stating that a recruitment freeze and redundancy programme resulted in 1,469 fewer posts.

Ken Thornber, leader of the Conservative-run council, said losing "highly valued staff" had been hard.

Ian Woodland, Unite regional officer, said he believed the worst was yet to come.

He added: "What is of great concern to our members is the continued round of cuts being administered by this organisation.

"While the council may boast that it is defending front line services, the knock on affect of any job losses affect the entire organisation."

Mr Thornber thanked staff for their past contributions.

"We do appreciate their co-operation in helping the county council evolve to meet the demands of the current, austere, economic climate, and a savings target of £100m in two years," he said.

The report is to be presented to the Employment in Hampshire County Council Committee on 22 March.

It states that redundancies accounted for the equivalent of 868.54 fewer staff, with 16.56 of them being compulsory.

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