County Hall mass redundancy offer sparks union fear

Lancashire County Hall and (below) Coun John Fillis.
Lancashire County Hall and (below) Coun John Fillis.
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Union leaders have warned compulsory job losses may become “inevitable” as County Hall chiefs are forced to making huge savings.

Lancashire County Council is faced with having to save £300m over the next four years, which is 38 per cent of the current budget.

Elaine Cotterall, Lancashire branch secretary for Unison, said the next round of job cuts could impact on frontline services.

She said: “Over the last couple of years about 1,700 staff have taken voluntary redundancy. Previously these have not been frontline staff.

“We are very concerned at the level of savings which still have to be made.

“Any job loss has an economic impact on the wider community.

“We would not want to see any compulsory redundancies but it may be inevitable.”

The county council says it will consider offering voluntary redundancy to staff as part of the cost-cutting process.

More detailed budget proposals will be developed over the coming months.

Important to reduce costs says council

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The council will consider offering voluntary redundancy to staff as part of the discussions on how to make savings of £300m over the next four years.

“It’s important that we reduce our costs, as part of considering alternative ways of providing services, so that we provide value for money and prioritise the services that matter the most to local communities.”

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