Jobs cuts hit hard at Burnley Council and Lancashire County Council

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HUNDREDS of job cuts have now been made across the local and county councils.

The redundancies forced on Burnley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council by Government funding cuts are now being felt across the area.

In Burnley 62 people, including two who are still with the council but working under notice, were made redundant. A further 26 vacant posts will not be filled – making a total of 88 posts lost. Many of these were due to external funding being stopped or cut.

The housing and leisure directorates were among the areas most affected in Burnley Council.

Executive member for resources Coun. Margaret Lishman, in her budget speech in February, said: “Although further job cuts in 2011 will be unavoidable, I am confident we will not need to repeat the scale of this year’s redundancy programme. We intend to look carefully at certain areas, particularly those parts of the council where capital projects are coming to an end before March 2012.”

A restructure of senior management, including directors and heads of service, will be carried out over the coming months.

Meanwhile, Lancashire County Council has shed more than 500 jobs through voluntary redundancy.

Mr Phil Halsall, chief executive of Lancashire County Council, said: “We have to save £180m. over the next three years and as part of this, we have to become a smaller, leaner organisation.

“We are doing this through a combination of means; voluntary redundancy, redeployment, putting in place a recruitment freeze and avoiding replacing positions which become vacant.

“We are committed to only resorting to compulsory redundancy as a last resort.

“So far, more than 500 staff have taken up the offer of voluntary redundancy.”

Among services administered by the county council in Burnley are libraries where 6% of staff across the library serivce in the borough took voluntary redundancy.