Jobs could be axed at Hyndburn Council

JOBS will be axed at the council if staff turn down voluntary redundancies, refuse to go part-time, or job share, it was announced.

Council bosses plan to save around £800,000 through cuts to the back office, but said front line services will be protected and council tax will not go up.

“A major reduction in back office costs, with policy and corporate governance contributing almost two-thirds of the savings the council has to achieve to balance its budget next year,” a council report said.

Hyndburn Council needs to slash its spending by around £1.35m to meet its budget, and leader Miles Parkinson warned it will get even worse next year.

He said: “We are shrinking the council. In 2010, we had around 400 jobs. We now have around 290.

“We haven’t made compulsory redundancies - we have been working with staff to make voluntary redundancies, to job share, or to go part-time.”

The council plans to save money by cutting its spend on salaries in its parks and open spaces, waste, environmental health, policy and corporate governance, accountancy and admin, audit and investigations, and benefits and customer services departments, budget documents revealed.

Coun Parkinson said: “If we can’t shrink the council, we will have to look at compulsory redundancies, but that would be unfortunate and is not something we want to do.

“Next year will be even more difficult.”

Although the council has confirmed it will freeze council tax bills, Hyndburn residents could still face an increase.

The county council, police and crime commissioner, and fire service are all considering tax increase, which Hyndburn Council believes will equate to around two per cent.

Leader of the opposition at Hyndburn Council, Peter Britcliffe, said: “What the council is doing is letting people go, and then paying agency staff to come in and do some of the work that is needed.

“If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.”

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11:24am Sun 9 Feb 14

Pan-cake says...

Peter Britcliffe is quoted here ""Leader of the opposition at Hyndburn Council, Peter Britcliffe, said: “What the council is doing is letting people go, and then paying agency staff to come in and do some of the work that is needed. If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.”"
Whilst there (in a local Accrington newspaper) he is quoted
" Tory leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said: “Overall they are following our policies of the last 10 years. I’m delighted they have chosen to do so and to keep council tax frozen.”
Very confusing.
Peter Britcliffe is quoted here ""Leader of the opposition at Hyndburn Council, Peter Britcliffe, said: “What the council is doing is letting people go, and then paying agency staff to come in and do some of the work that is needed. If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.”" Whilst there (in a local Accrington newspaper) he is quoted " Tory leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said: “Overall they are following our policies of the last 10 years. I’m delighted they have chosen to do so and to keep council tax frozen.” Very confusing. Pan-cake
  • Score: 6

4:10pm Sun 9 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Gravy train drying up is it.
Gravy train drying up is it. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -1

5:06pm Sun 9 Feb 14

moxhie says...

Pan-cake wrote:
Peter Britcliffe is quoted here ""Leader of the opposition at Hyndburn Council, Peter Britcliffe, said: “What the council is doing is letting people go, and then paying agency staff to come in and do some of the work that is needed. If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.”"
Whilst there (in a local Accrington newspaper) he is quoted
" Tory leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said: “Overall they are following our policies of the last 10 years. I’m delighted they have chosen to do so and to keep council tax frozen.”
Very confusing.
Not confusing when you realise that Britcliffe is a political idiot .
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: Peter Britcliffe is quoted here ""Leader of the opposition at Hyndburn Council, Peter Britcliffe, said: “What the council is doing is letting people go, and then paying agency staff to come in and do some of the work that is needed. If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.”" Whilst there (in a local Accrington newspaper) he is quoted " Tory leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said: “Overall they are following our policies of the last 10 years. I’m delighted they have chosen to do so and to keep council tax frozen.” Very confusing.[/p][/quote]Not confusing when you realise that Britcliffe is a political idiot . moxhie
  • Score: 7

5:15pm Sun 9 Feb 14

moxhie says...

Note his words : Peter Britcliffe, said: :

“If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.”

Does he think that we are so stupid as to think that by following the measure he suggests would put the Council in a very strong position ?

How simplistic and stupid .

No wonder the voters kicked his lot out and thrashed him twice when he tried to become an M.P.
Note his words : Peter Britcliffe, said: : “If they were not doing that, they would be in a very strong position.” Does he think that we are so stupid as to think that by following the measure he suggests would put the Council in a very strong position ? How simplistic and stupid . No wonder the voters kicked his lot out and thrashed him twice when he tried to become an M.P. moxhie
  • Score: 5

6:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Biggy12 says...

Good news for a change ;-)
Good news for a change ;-) Biggy12
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