Redundancies to hit Lincolnshire County Council IT ‘in six weeks’

A redundancy consultation is expected affect Lincolnshire County Council’s IT department in March.

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A redundancy consultation is expected affect Lincolnshire County Council’s IT department in March.

It will follow the council’s recent announcement of its plan to cut 818 workers, triggered by a 28 percent reduction in central government budgets. Lincolnshire said it needs to save £125 million over the next four years.  

“IT are not in this round of consultations – their paper is coming out in approximately six weeks,” a spokesperson for the council told Computerworld UK.

However, the spokesperson said that the council’s web team are included in the present consultation, which started yesterday.

The current consultation covers 3,200 members of staff, around half of the council’s total, mainly employed in children’s services. Voluntary and compulsory redundancies are expected to affect 818 people, which the council said is equal to around 607 full-time jobs.

Kelly Smith, executive councillor for finance and HR, said: “To meet a tough budget we have had to look to deliver services in a different way. Unfortunately staffing reductions are inevitable, however, wherever possible we hope that voluntary redundancies will minimise the number of compulsory redundancies that have to be made.”

Once the consultations have been completed, the council expects to have around 5,500 employees remaining.

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