Spending review - Somerset County Council massive jobs cull

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MORE than 700 staff will go by April in a jobs cull at Somerset County Council – with a further 800 to go over the ensuing three years.

There will be a mix of voluntary and compulsory redundancies and ‘natural wastage.

Of the 700 going in the next six months, at least 200 will be voluntary, with 50 frozen posts not filled.

And those lucky enough to keep their jobs are likely to see pay cuts and less generous employment terms.

Council leader Cllr Ken Maddock said: “We’ve reduced bureaucracy and red tape wherever we can and protected our lowest paid staff as much as possible.

“But let’s be clear, these proposals aren’t the end of the process, but just the first round.

“There will be further and deeper cuts announced over the coming weeks and months.”

County Hall chief executive Sheila Wheeler said the cuts would be difficult for everyone living in Somerset and those working for the authority.

She said the jobs would be lost “across the piece.

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8:40am Sun 24 Oct 10

Tell_it_as_it_is says...

The County Council will not know what money they get until December. Why the rush?

Are the Conservatives using the Government cuts as a smokescreen to run down our County Council services for the people fo Somerset?

These cuts are being made in this mad rush because Ken Maddock believes in Small Somerset NOT a Big Society.

Elderly & disabled care will be severely rationed - only "Substantial need" will be met - was "Moderate need".

Roads will crumble and the costs at the end will dwarf the short-sighted savings - not to mention an expected rise in deaths & injuries.

Support for vulnerable Children will be decimated - up to 75% cuts and whole services closing - putting more pressure on hard-pressed schools.

Libraries will close; footpaths will be lost etc.

Leading Conservative Councillors are revolting at these reckless cuts - Anthony Trollop-Bellew resigned from King Ken's Cabinet.

Not a word about the £25m lost to reckless investment in Icelandic Banks or the £150m missing in savings from the controversial SW1 contract with IBM & after paying £35m for a new IT system beset with problems 3 years later.

Or the fat cat payoff to former Chief Executive Alan Jones or why the new Chief Exec is still paid as much and more than our Prime Minister.

Come on Ken - Where is that report into IBM & SW1 that you promised in your election manifesto in 2009?

Cuts on this scale will impact on Somerset businesses and economy. That will increase the risk of a Taunton double-dip local recession.

The staff made redundant with minimal payoffs will be able to gaze at the building site & rubble at Firepool and dream about a job popping up.

This is wanton destruction not careful planning.
The County Council will not know what money they get until December. Why the rush? Are the Conservatives using the Government cuts as a smokescreen to run down our County Council services for the people fo Somerset? These cuts are being made in this mad rush because Ken Maddock believes in Small Somerset NOT a Big Society. Elderly & disabled care will be severely rationed - only "Substantial need" will be met - was "Moderate need". Roads will crumble and the costs at the end will dwarf the short-sighted savings - not to mention an expected rise in deaths & injuries. Support for vulnerable Children will be decimated - up to 75% cuts and whole services closing - putting more pressure on hard-pressed schools. Libraries will close; footpaths will be lost etc. Leading Conservative Councillors are revolting at these reckless cuts - Anthony Trollop-Bellew resigned from King Ken's Cabinet. Not a word about the £25m lost to reckless investment in Icelandic Banks or the £150m missing in savings from the controversial SW1 contract with IBM & after paying £35m for a new IT system beset with problems 3 years later. Or the fat cat payoff to former Chief Executive Alan Jones or why the new Chief Exec is still paid as much and more than our Prime Minister. Come on Ken - Where is that report into IBM & SW1 that you promised in your election manifesto in 2009? Cuts on this scale will impact on Somerset businesses and economy. That will increase the risk of a Taunton double-dip local recession. The staff made redundant with minimal payoffs will be able to gaze at the building site & rubble at Firepool and dream about a job popping up. This is wanton destruction not careful planning. Tell_it_as_it_is
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