Nottinghamshire County Council has announced that it will cut around 3,000 jobs, including IT roles, over the next three years.
The cost-cutting measure comes as the council strives to reduce its £484 million annual budget by £150 million by 2013.
In a statement, the council said that the “majority” of its 12,000 employees will be “invited to express an interest in voluntary redundancy”.
It estimates that 2,500 posts will be removed, in addition to 483 posts that the council had already declared at risk.
Mick Burrows, chief executive of the Conservative-led authority, said: "Unfortunately, it is inevitable that large scale reductions in staffing are required given that employee costs form a large part of our spending and the significant savings we need to make over the next few years.
"This is a difficult time for our workforce but we are aiming to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies by offering most employees the chance to express an interest in voluntary redundancy, freezing vacancies and stopping all non-essential spending.”
Prior to this announcement, the council had predicted that it would have to make £80 million savings over three years, and said that 1,000 positions were at risk. It said that the “challenge” had increased “due to the significant rise in demand for care for adults and children and the speed and scale of predicted Government reductions”.
According to the BBC, Burrows said that the council is expecting a possible 20 percent to 40 percent reduction in its government grant.
Letters inviting certain members of staff to apply for voluntary redundancy will be sent out to staff from Monday 16 August. Some workers in the council’s children and young people department’s reception and assessment teams and social workers will not be eligible for the voluntary redundancy.
The UNISON trade union appealed to the council to “think again”.
“There is no doubt that job cuts on this scale will have a knock on effect to vital local services,” said Dave Prentis, general secretary of UNISON.
He added: “The latest job loss figures show the East Midlands is being hit hard by the recession, with an increase in unemployment to 7.4 percent. People will struggle to find work elsewhere.”
A recent jobs report said that the public sector recession was starting to bite. And several hundred jobs are also rumoured to be going at Barclays Capital, according to media reports out today.
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