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‘2,500 jobs to go’ in county hall cull

Lancashire County Hall

Lancashire County Hall

Furious community leaders have hit out at Government measures which could see thousands of jobs lost at Lancashire County Council.

The authority suggests it will have to lose 2,500 staff from across the region by April 2016 as part of their commitment to save £300m from its annual budget in the next four years.

It is not known how many jobs will be lost in the council’s district areas of Wyre and Fylde, however, a proposal will go to the cabinet on January 24, which would see workers encouraged to apply for voluntary redundancy.

County Coun Lorraine Beavers (pictured) has blamed the Conservative-led central Government for the proposed job losses.

The Fleetwood West Labour councillor said: “My thoughts are we should blame David Cameron and his Government for its attacks on local government, which is why the jobs are at risk.

“This is completely the fault of the Conservative party who have implemented austerity measures and, unfortunately for us, we are simply carrying out what they have asked.”

Independent county councillor Paul Hayhurst, for Fylde West, added: “I’m horrified by the situation because people have expectations of the county council and in the future they are not going to be able to meet them.

“I have people contacting me with problems they have with social services and pot holes and things are going to get worse if £300m is cut.

“I’m elected to do a job and I’m in that job to improve the lives of the community but central Government is cutting money and I’m not going to be able to do the job in the same way.”

The county council employs around 34,500 people but, with the majority of those jobs funded through the ring-fenced schools budget, the cuts affect its non-schools workforce of around 13,000.

Leader of the council Jennifer Mein added: “The council simply cannot make these savings without significant reductions both in the services it provides to local communities and in the number of people it employs to deliver those services.”

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