– Cllr Jane Scott OBE, Conservative Leader of Wiltshire Council
Four years ago it was predicted we would need to reduce by 1,200 posts. The current 200 posts will only take the total to 800, which is still less than we predicted. We will try to reduce the number of back office support rather than front line staff because our aim has always been to protect those vital services.”
The ruling Conservative Cabinet will be presented with the report into the proposed job losses on May 21st.
– Wiltshire Council spokesman
Our number one priority is to protect frontline services which support the most vulnerable in our communities and we will continue to work innovatively to ensure this happens.
More people are depending on the services Wiltshire Council provides, and this, alongside a reduction in funding from central government means we need to continue to make savings."
- 5,240 staff (excluding school staff)
- 630 redundancies since 2010 saving the Council £23m
- 173 management posts axed since 2010 saving the Council £9m
- Chief Executive post and one Corporate Director position axed
- At least 340 full time equivalent posts look set to go before 2014
- Council to find savings of £27m in 2013-14
Wiltshire Council has estimated that 340 full time equivalent posts will need to be axed to save £4m in the 2013-14 financial year.
The Unitary Authority has reduced its workforce by more than 600 since 2010 which included the scrapping of the Chief Executive post and one Corporate Director position.
A report on the proposed redundancies will be presented to the Council's Cabinet on May 21st.
An informal consultation with staff will commence on May 27th.
Staff will have six weeks from June 17th to register their interest in the voluntary redundancy programme with the final deadline for applications on July 26th.