400-plus jobs at risk in Cheshire West and Chester council

Wirral Globe: Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones

MORE than 400 local authority jobs could be lost as Cheshire West and Chester Council restructures to meet Government demands for additional budget savings.

“Unavoidable” staff reductions – which would save £14.7m – are among the budget options currently out to public consultation which are aimed at bridging a £49m financial gap over three years.

Council leader Cllr Mike Jones said: “In an ideal world we would not be considering further job losses and we will do everything we can to manage this situation with empathy and understanding.

“However, the stark reality of this situation is that you cannot save this amount of money – and protect services – without being forced into making some extremely difficult decisions.”

If agreed, council staff reductions over the next three years will focus on senior and middle management posts but also affect staff across the board in six council services.

The authority said that with an annual staff turnover of around 350 employees, it is hoped the reductions will be come from retirement and voluntary redundancy with little or no compulsory severances.

If agreed, there will be full consultation with members of staff and union representatives at director and departmental level and all proposals will be considered by scrutiny committees covering the relevant services.

Since its inception in 2009, Cheshire West and Chester Council has shed around 1,200 staff with "only a handful" of compulsory losses.

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11:51am Fri 10 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

Is this who Wirral are merging services with,interesting and frightening if it is so!
Is this who Wirral are merging services with,interesting and frightening if it is so! bigfoot
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11:59am Fri 10 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

It sure is financial services moving to Chester even though Wirrals technology is more advanced than theirs going to spend a small fortune to bring their data up to speed, wouldn't want their staff to drive into the Wirral to work when it goes dark they might not be able to find their way home.
It sure is financial services moving to Chester even though Wirrals technology is more advanced than theirs going to spend a small fortune to bring their data up to speed, wouldn't want their staff to drive into the Wirral to work when it goes dark they might not be able to find their way home. Thepleb
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hugo1008 says...

Hey and Guess what, not so much as a glimmer of reduction in the vast bloated number of Councillors, 66 parasites we keep in Wirral, and how many more in Chester.
Each one doing naff all but living high of the hog at your expense, on Wirral alone we could save over a million pounds each and every year by reducing the number to a sensible number about 20 all that is needed on Wirral.
Hey and Guess what, not so much as a glimmer of reduction in the vast bloated number of Councillors, 66 parasites we keep in Wirral, and how many more in Chester. Each one doing naff all but living high of the hog at your expense, on Wirral alone we could save over a million pounds each and every year by reducing the number to a sensible number about 20 all that is needed on Wirral. Hugo1008
  • Score: 7

4:58pm Sun 12 Jan 14

steady cyclist says...

Cwac Hq, where the lights are left on all day, despite it looking like a big fish tank, glass floor to ceilling, so plenty of free light coming in,and settes visable as you wait for traffic lights to change.

At least its not like wallasey town hall where the colder outside it gets the more windows they OPEN,
Cwac Hq, where the lights are left on all day, despite it looking like a big fish tank, glass floor to ceilling, so plenty of free light coming in,and settes visable as you wait for traffic lights to change. At least its not like wallasey town hall where the colder outside it gets the more windows they OPEN, steady cyclist
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Thu 16 Jan 14

PaulCa says...

Can anyone confirm these rumours I'm hearing about a shale gas boom in Cheshire West? Beginning with an exploratory well, sunk in the council leader's back garden?
Can anyone confirm these rumours I'm hearing about a shale gas boom in Cheshire West? Beginning with an exploratory well, sunk in the council leader's back garden? PaulCa
  • Score: 1

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