Bradford Council Put All Staff At Risk Of Redundancy

24 Nov 2010

Bradford Council has sent letters to every employee warning them that their jobs are at risk of redundancy.

In a statement, Council chief executive Tony Reeves said: “While we do not yet have the full picture, we estimate that the financial effect of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review on Bradford Council will amount to cuts of around £65 million in 2011-12, a further £15 million in 2012-13 and £25 million over the following two years.

“We have been taking action to secure substantial savings for some months now, to prioritise our available resources on the vital services local people need and to preserve jobs where possible. A policy of strict vacancy control has reduced the Council’s workforce by around 500 posts since December, 2009. Despite that, we may not be able to sustain the number of people we currently employ in the future and we need to look at a possible further reduction in our workforce.”

Meetings between unions and senior Council management are scheduled in the coming weeks.

Council leader Ian Greenwood, said: “This is a very worrying time for everyone, particularly vulnerable people, who depends on public services and everyone who works in the public sector, or in the private and voluntary sectors on projects funded by public money.”

He said he remained determined that compulsory redundancies would only occur as a last resort. He said: “The Council is looking to cut jobs through vacancy control and voluntary redundancy. We know that any compulsory redundancies would adversely affect the whole of our district’s economy, as well as being devastating for the individual employees concerned and their families.

“We will do everything we can to minimise the impact on front-line services, employment and the local economy during this time of unprecedented Government cuts in public sector funding.”

Ray Alderman, Bradford convenor of GMB, said: “It’s people’s livelihoods and families that are threatened by these savage budget cuts.”

Source: Bradford Telegraph & Argus 23/11/10