20 December 2011
Council facing £9.4m redundancy bill
A local authority is facing a redundancy settlement bill of an additional £9.4 million over the course of the next five years, it has emerged.
According to the Express & Star, Staffordshire County Council is set to implement further job cuts across the region's schools in the coming years as government budget reductions continue to impact on its spending capabilities.
Under plans from the authority's senior officials, some £2.9 million will be slashed from its education budget in 2012, with a further £1.9 million being set aside to pay for redundancies one year later.
Throughout last year, the council implemented more than 200 job losses in the area's schools and this trend looks set to continue in the near future.
Philip Atkins, leader of the authority, told the news source this action is necessary for it to fulfil its "overriding priority" of improving "the economic prospects of our county".
Recently, research by the Audit Commission and Local Government Association indicated that redundancies are likely to be commonplace in councils next year.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson