All departments being scrutinised to see where axe will fall

Worcester News: Councillor Richard Boorn, cabinet member for finance. Councillor Richard Boorn, cabinet member for finance.

FORTY jobs are being slashed at Worcester City Council as the cash-strapped authority prepares to make cuts to balance the books.

The council, which employs around 335 people, says all departments are being examined to see where the axe could fall.

The losses are the worst since 2008, when the council announced 84 jobs were being slashed over a two-year period.

The first tranch, of 10 posts, will go after next April, with the 30 other positions being scrapped in the following three financial years leading to 2018.

Because of the timescale for cutting all 40 roles, politicians say they are confident compulsory job losses can be avoided.

It hopes to delete vacant positions when they arise and rely on natural wastage to avoid redundancies.

It comes as the council prepares to slash more than £4m from spending by 2019 in response to the public sector spending squeeze.

Reductions in the workforce could help save around £800,000, assuming there are no compulsory redundancies.

Councillor Richard Boorn, cabinet member for finance, said: “In terms of numbers it is 40, which we genuinely believe can be achieved through natural wastage.

“There’s been an argument in the past that we’ve had too much ‘fat’ (in terms of staffing numbers) but we’re really starting to get to the point where anything more on top of this will really be significant.

“We’d have to think the unthinkable.

“We’ve got to strike a balance with our budget in being economically sound and laying down the foundations for future years.”

Next year’s job losses are part of a plan to slash £974,000 from spending in 2014/15, which is out for consultation ahead of February’s full council meeting.

As your Worcester News revealed last month, it includes higher car parking charges and cremation costs, as well as a council tax rise of 1.9 per cent.

At the start of the century, the city council’s workforce was hovering around 1,000 people but it has suffered from relentless reductions since then.

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12:36pm Tue 17 Dec 13

lilboo says...

Should just admit that they got it wrong and commission out services!! Pure bloody minded stubbornness from the Labour leadership.

Interesting that they need to make these job cuts yet just last week they were 'Shaping the Future' with the shiny consultation document - at what cost???

Look into the past performance of the top line management at Worcester City, this will tell all you need to know!
Should just admit that they got it wrong and commission out services!! Pure bloody minded stubbornness from the Labour leadership. Interesting that they need to make these job cuts yet just last week they were 'Shaping the Future' with the shiny consultation document - at what cost??? Look into the past performance of the top line management at Worcester City, this will tell all you need to know! lilboo

1:07pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Raymond Delauney says...

Yes, let's commission out services. I am sure G4S, Serco and thier ilk will be up for it. After all they have such a fantastic record.
Yes, let's commission out services. I am sure G4S, Serco and thier ilk will be up for it. After all they have such a fantastic record. Raymond Delauney

2:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

lilboo says...

Raymond Delauney wrote:
Yes, let's commission out services. I am sure G4S, Serco and thier ilk will be up for it. After all they have such a fantastic record.
What services would you envisage G4S carrying out within the walls of the Guildhall exactly? Last time I checked the prison was closed and they haven't started electronically tagging staff as far as I know so far! Equally, they don't have security guards except in the Hub which are already third party......!
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Delauney[/bold] wrote: Yes, let's commission out services. I am sure G4S, Serco and thier ilk will be up for it. After all they have such a fantastic record.[/p][/quote]What services would you envisage G4S carrying out within the walls of the Guildhall exactly? Last time I checked the prison was closed and they haven't started electronically tagging staff as far as I know so far! Equally, they don't have security guards except in the Hub which are already third party......! lilboo

3:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

green49 says...

People have got to wake up, sending out the services to the Private sector will on;y make it worse, they are in it for profit, they give bad service and when its gone its gone, but what about the taxpayer? if all these jobs have gone or going then council tax should go down as the expense in keeping folks in a job has also gone, but the top boyos will still be there getting the top money, note i didnt say earning it.
People have got to wake up, sending out the services to the Private sector will on;y make it worse, they are in it for profit, they give bad service and when its gone its gone, but what about the taxpayer? if all these jobs have gone or going then council tax should go down as the expense in keeping folks in a job has also gone, but the top boyos will still be there getting the top money, note i didnt say earning it. green49

4:07pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Frustrated_PM says...

And this falls after the Chief Executive pension pay off... The council are now cutting these jobs at the 2 lower tiers whilst advertising for a new chief executive at a starting salary of £171,000 through a recruitment agency that charges12% commission. So the commission alone would save at least one of these jobs.
The top 2-3 levels in the council are occupied by a single person and they are aiming to remove a level by making redundant several people. Others will take a 20% paycut over the next 3 years whilst higher levels will be rewarded for making these cuts.
Being in a household affected by this and being told a week ago this has more than taken the shine of Christmas, and whilst witnessing the higher levels celebrate xmas with champagne last Friday I find it all a little tasteless.
also some of the higher brass "work" from home twice a week, these must be laughing at the tax payer.
And this falls after the Chief Executive pension pay off... The council are now cutting these jobs at the 2 lower tiers whilst advertising for a new chief executive at a starting salary of £171,000 through a recruitment agency that charges12% commission. So the commission alone would save at least one of these jobs. The top 2-3 levels in the council are occupied by a single person and they are aiming to remove a level by making redundant several people. Others will take a 20% paycut over the next 3 years whilst higher levels will be rewarded for making these cuts. Being in a household affected by this and being told a week ago this has more than taken the shine of Christmas, and whilst witnessing the higher levels celebrate xmas with champagne last Friday I find it all a little tasteless. also some of the higher brass "work" from home twice a week, these must be laughing at the tax payer. Frustrated_PM

4:20pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nortynorse says...

Start with the managers at Cleaner & Greener (Both at Service Level and Depot Level, between them their egos have known no bounds where the morale and retention of frontline staff are concerned.

Then move up to Corporate Director level, you will save all the money in the world should you "restructure" these positions.

JOB DONE
Start with the managers at Cleaner & Greener (Both at Service Level and Depot Level, between them their egos have known no bounds where the morale and retention of frontline staff are concerned. Then move up to Corporate Director level, you will save all the money in the world should you "restructure" these positions. JOB DONE Nortynorse

4:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nortynorse says...

Frustrated_PM :- Read the story, this is City Council not COUNTY!!!!!
Frustrated_PM :- Read the story, this is City Council not COUNTY!!!!! Nortynorse

10:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

WorcsBornandBred says...

lilboo wrote:
Should just admit that they got it wrong and commission out services!! Pure bloody minded stubbornness from the Labour leadership.

Interesting that they need to make these job cuts yet just last week they were 'Shaping the Future' with the shiny consultation document - at what cost???

Look into the past performance of the top line management at Worcester City, this will tell all you need to know!
Just FYI, Worcestershire County Council is Conservative-led.
[quote][p][bold]lilboo[/bold] wrote: Should just admit that they got it wrong and commission out services!! Pure bloody minded stubbornness from the Labour leadership. Interesting that they need to make these job cuts yet just last week they were 'Shaping the Future' with the shiny consultation document - at what cost??? Look into the past performance of the top line management at Worcester City, this will tell all you need to know![/p][/quote]Just FYI, Worcestershire County Council is Conservative-led. WorcsBornandBred

10:20pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Frustrated_PM says...

Nortynorse wrote:
Frustrated_PM :- Read the story, this is City Council not COUNTY!!!!!
Thanks for the support in these difficult times
[quote][p][bold]Nortynorse[/bold] wrote: Frustrated_PM :- Read the story, this is City Council not COUNTY!!!!![/p][/quote]Thanks for the support in these difficult times Frustrated_PM

10:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

WorcsBornandBred says...

Frustrated_PM wrote:
Nortynorse wrote:
Frustrated_PM :- Read the story, this is City Council not COUNTY!!!!!
Thanks for the support in these difficult times
All related Norse!
[quote][p][bold]Frustrated_PM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nortynorse[/bold] wrote: Frustrated_PM :- Read the story, this is City Council not COUNTY!!!!![/p][/quote]Thanks for the support in these difficult times[/p][/quote]All related Norse! WorcsBornandBred

12:55pm Wed 18 Dec 13

lilboo says...

WorcsBornandBred wrote:
lilboo wrote:
Should just admit that they got it wrong and commission out services!! Pure bloody minded stubbornness from the Labour leadership.

Interesting that they need to make these job cuts yet just last week they were 'Shaping the Future' with the shiny consultation document - at what cost???

Look into the past performance of the top line management at Worcester City, this will tell all you need to know!
Just FYI, Worcestershire County Council is Conservative-led.
FYI!!!!! THIS IS ABOUT WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL WHO ARE LABOUR LEAD - READ THE ARTICLE!
[quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lilboo[/bold] wrote: Should just admit that they got it wrong and commission out services!! Pure bloody minded stubbornness from the Labour leadership. Interesting that they need to make these job cuts yet just last week they were 'Shaping the Future' with the shiny consultation document - at what cost??? Look into the past performance of the top line management at Worcester City, this will tell all you need to know![/p][/quote]Just FYI, Worcestershire County Council is Conservative-led.[/p][/quote]FYI!!!!! THIS IS ABOUT WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL WHO ARE LABOUR LEAD - READ THE ARTICLE! lilboo

2:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

When it comes to loss of jobs and cuts to services both the City & County are guilty as charged, County Council will eventually sack / lose almost 50% of it's workforce (1500+Jobs) and is well on it's slash & Burn policies over Vulnerable & Older Peoples services, some being CUT some being STOPPED. However County Councillors will still get their attendance allowances, some getting over £23,000 per year plus mileage & travel allowances and free Carparking at County Hall. While the City Councillors will also stil get their attendance allowances, travel expenses and free carparking.
Those who are losing their jobs, many having a morgage, families, and commitmets will be thrown onto the scrap heap by the Tories at County Hall and Labour at the Guildhall, who are also taking Council Tax allowances off those who currently are able to get some help with their tax burden.
So What a choice we have???
When it comes to loss of jobs and cuts to services both the City & County are guilty as charged, County Council will eventually sack / lose almost 50% of it's workforce (1500+Jobs) and is well on it's slash & Burn policies over Vulnerable & Older Peoples services, some being CUT some being STOPPED. However County Councillors will still get their attendance allowances, some getting over £23,000 per year plus mileage & travel allowances and free Carparking at County Hall. While the City Councillors will also stil get their attendance allowances, travel expenses and free carparking. Those who are losing their jobs, many having a morgage, families, and commitmets will be thrown onto the scrap heap by the Tories at County Hall and Labour at the Guildhall, who are also taking Council Tax allowances off those who currently are able to get some help with their tax burden. So What a choice we have??? Jabbadad
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