West Berkshire Council cuts 'on track'
November 09, 2012
The new leader of West Berkshire Council says spending cuts for the next financial year remain on track.
The cuts will involve 30 job cuts next year – 14 of which are vacant posts at present – and most of which are in social care.
The council’s medium term financial strategy agreed in March identified the need for savings in the next financial year of £4.74 million.
This compared to the £8.5 million in savings found for the current and previous years.
Leader Gordon Lundie said: “The council’s budget cannot be finalised until the new year, which is after the council’s financial settlement from the Government has been confirmed and latest projections taken on board.
“At that time we will reassess and make whatever adjustments are necessary.
“That said, I am confident that increased efficiency and good financial management is enabling us to meet savings targets while maintaining essential frontline services as far as possible.”
Part of the additional savings will include some job losses which have already been discussed with staff affected.
It is hoped actual redundancies can be kept to a minimum by redeployment and staff wishing to take voluntary redundancy.
The majority of the job losses will be in social care and the reablement service, which helps those with a disability or those discharged from hospital to live in their own home.
According to the council, a recent review has shown this service can be fully maintained with fewer staff by changing working practices.
It is hoped up to £700,000 can be saved year on year in this way.