Hundreds of jobs to go amid major county council cuts

Nottinghamshire County Council will make cuts to services Credit: Press Association

Hundreds of jobs will be axed at Nottinghamshire County Council amid sweeping budget cuts announced today.

The council says it must save £105million in the coming years due to government cutbacks - and plans to raise council tax to pay for some of the deficit.

It must also scrape back an extra £49m to reinvest in other areas which are struggling, making a total of £154m to be saved in the next three years.

Council leaders today vowed that, wherever possible, job losses would be met by removing vacant posts, redeployment and voluntary redundancies.

They claim government cuts to local services have meant they have to make the drastic move, and say the amount of funding for adult and children's social care services does not meet demand.

Nottinghamshire County Council leader, Councillor Alan Rhodes, said he was "angry" about today's announcement.

Nottinghamshire County Council says government budget cutbacks have forced them to save £154m Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

The lion's share of the cuts will come from the 2014/15 budget, with £83m to be saved.

The £49m to be reinvested will be redistributed and ploughed into areas with the "greatest need".

The full list of departments to lose out and gain are:

  • Children and young people - Reduction: £24m. Reinvestment: £4.8m

  • Adult social care and health - Reduction: £33.3m. Reinvestment: £39.3m

  • Transport and highways - Reduction: £9.5m. Reinvestment: £2.4m

  • Environment and sustainability - Reduction: £2.2m. Reinvestment: £2.3m

  • Personnel - Reduction: £1.7m. Reinvestment: £0.3m

  • Community safety - Reduction: £1.2m

  • Culture - Reduction: £2.3m

  • Economic development - Reduction: £0.3m

  • Policy - Reduction: £4.2m

  • Finance and property - Reduction: £4m

The detailed budget proposals will be discussed at the Policy Committee meeting on 13 November.