County Council’s announcement of 2,500 job cuts prompts fears for future of services

Lancashire County Council’s announcement of the loss of 2,500 jobs will have a devastating effect on the ability of the Council to provide services to the people of Lancashire.

The County Council has not yet identified which jobs will go and which services will be slashed or withdrawn. What is clear is that the scale of job losses proposed is such that it will mean the end of some services which the people of Lancashire rely on, leaving many people at risk and in vulnerable situations.

UNISON, the biggest trade union in Lancashire, is engaged in detailed scrutiny of the County Council’s financial position in an effort to identify alternatives to cuts of this scale.

The union will be holding a series of meetings with its members across the County to discuss the impact of the proposed cuts.

Elaine Cotterell, Lancashire UNISON Branch Secretary said:

“UNISON will support our members through this difficult time and try to avoid compulsory redundancies where possible.”

“The Council has been slicing services for a number of years and reductions in front line services have already been implemented. In the last three years, 1,500 workers have lost their jobs. This round of cuts is even more drastic and will have a devastating effect on the local economy and the people of Lancashire who we serve.”

Maureen Le Marinel , UNISON President said:

“The potential job losses announced by Lancashire County Council in order to meet the cuts imposed by this Government will have a devastating effect on workers, their families and communities across Lancashire. Staff have already been hit by a pay freeze for the last three years and a real terms pay cut of 18%. Losing their jobs will plunge these hard working people and their families further into poverty, and will result in even more claims for welfare benefits.”

Notes:

The 2,500 figure is based on dividing the County Council’s savings target by a notional average FTE (full time equivalent) salary. It is possible that that many more than 2,500 jobs could be lost.

There are plans to hold a lobby of the full council meeting on 20th February at 1.30pm at County Hall.

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