Spending cuts will affect Herts County Council jobs

STAFF numbers at Hertfordshire County Council will be slashed by 10%, following the Spending Review announcements by the government last week.

George Osborne last week outlined in the announcements that local authorities would see a decrease of 7.1% annual funding over the next four years.

The job cuts at Herts County Council will occur over the next three years, to meet the council’s saving target of �150 million.

“We are in difficult financial times and Hertfordshire County Council, along with the rest of the public sector, faces some tough choices,” said a county council spokesman.

“With staffing making up such a large percentage of our costs, it would not have been possible to meet our savings target and prioritise frontline services without reducing the number of employees,”


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Some employees aged 55 and over have been offered early retirement to keep the number of redundancies down to a minimum.

And the council is considering the option for people to apply for voluntary redundancy.

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“We will be helping those affected to find alternative employment and are developing a range of support packages to help people who are concerned about redeployment or redundancy,” added the spokesman.

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