IT jobs ‘not ruled out’ of council cuts

Leicestershire County Council has said that IT jobs are not safe from the additional budget cuts the authority needs to make as a result of reduced government grants.

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Leicestershire County Council has said that IT jobs are not safe from the additional budget cuts the authority needs to make as a result of reduced government grants.

The authority has warned that it may need to find savings of £22 million, in addition to the £66 million in savings over four years that it announced in February.

The original announcement led to 650 jobs being axed. Although IT jobs were safe from earlier cuts, a spokesperson for the council said that they now “cannot be ruled out” as “there are efficiency reviews are going on in the back office”.

However, the spokesperson branded the 200 job cuts reported by a local newspaper as “speculation”.

Leicestershire’s cabinet will meet on 7 September to discuss details of the extra budget cuts. David Parsons, leader of the county council, said that residents will also be consulted on how to achieve the additional savings through surveys and local meetings.

According to the BBC, cuts are expected in environment and transport services, as well as in the children and young people department.

IT jobs are also not safe from cuts being made at Nottinghamshire County Council, which is looking to axe 3,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Essex County Council recently scrapped £1.2 million-worth of IT projects in a cost-cutting drive.

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