Lincolnshire County Council confirms 477 jobs to go

Nearly 500 posts are to be lost as part of wide-ranging cuts at Lincolnshire County Council.

But the council said the 477 confirmed in the first phase of losses was far better than earlier fears that more than 800 posts would have to go.

Officials said this was due to reorganisation, extra government cash and more money from council tax.

The union Unison said the announcement was just the start of a process which would hit services.

The Conservative-run authority is looking to save £125m over four years and confirmed the equivalent of about 1,000 full-time posts were still expected to go.

Officials said they estimated about 70% of the current losses would be through voluntary redundancy of people near retirement age.

'Pain continues'

The leader of the council, Martin Hill, said they had tried to take the views of workers into account.

"A lot of it is listening to what the staff have said but we have also looked at vacancies where we have tried to manage vacancies very aggressively," he said.

"So working through the detail, and listening to helpful suggestions, we have been able to reduce the impact substantially - and we have received a bit more government money which has helped."

John Sharman, from Unison, said: "The review is ongoing, the pain continues.

"Of course those who are today getting documents that confirm the outcome of consultations which have been going on since January, they will be competing against colleagues doing the same jobs for a reducing number of posts."

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