Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fareham Borough Council to axe 42 jobs as part of cuts

A council could axe 42 jobs as part of cost-cutting plans, it has been revealed.

Fareham Borough Council said it had made the decision in anticipation for a reduction in funds by the government in October.

It said it would have to save £2.4m, with £1.7m needed to be cut from staffing budgets.

All affected staff were informed on Tuesday and a 30-day consultation period has started.

Redundancies are expected to take place between October and March.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: "The bulk of those savings will need to be found from employee budgets as this is by far the largest area of council expenditure."

The council has already axed 51 jobs over the past year as part of £1.1m of savings, reducing its workforce from 538 to 487.

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