21 December 2012
Council announces 350 more redundancies
A local authority in the north-east of England has today (December 21st) outlined plans to implement another significant round of redundancies next year.
South Tyneside Council expects to reduce its headcount by another 350 professionals in the 2013-14 financial year as the impact of cuts continues to be felt sharply, the Shields Gazette reports.
This latest round of job reductions forms part of the body's plans after it emerged it needs to make budget savings of around £12 million over the course of the next 12 to 18 months as the central government carries on tightening its public spending belt.
Councillor Ed Malcolm, lead member for resources and innovation at the authority, admitted the organisation is facing an "extremely challenging" period in the near future.
"We have already had to deal with an unprecedented series of budget cuts from government," he told the news source.
Meanwhile, branch secretary of Unison South Tyneside Merv Butler added there will be "more pain to come" for public sector professionals in the region.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson