SPENDING CUTS: Two hundred Blackburn with Darwen council staff axed since 2010

Blackburn Town Hall

Blackburn Town Hall

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

TWO hundred Blackburn with Darwen council workers have been made compulsorily redundant since 2010 because of spending cuts, it was revealed last night.

More face the same fate in the next year. The figures were revealed by borough finance boss Andy Kay as he prepares budgets for the coming months.

He expects to spend £5 million from reserves to meet the bill for staff payoffs.

He has a target of 500 fewer town hall posts by March 2015, set in January last year. So far almost 300 posts have been axed as Coun Kay tries to save £30 million over two years.

In 2010 the council had 3,740 non-teaching staff. In January last year, that figure had fallen to 2,800.

Now the total has fallen to 2,600.

In the last 12 months 100 posts were transferred with funding to the town hall from the NHS and Capita.

This still leaves another 200 plus posts facing the axe.

In July last year 60 staff had been made compulsorily redundant in the new wave of job cuts, 48 people had taken early or voluntary redundancy and a small number had retired naturally or taken other jobs.

Fixed-term contracts had been axed and 39 workers had been redeployed to vacant posts. Now Mr Kay is wrestling with the final wave of job losses to meet the 500 target by March. Asked by Tory group leader Mike Lee at this month’s meeting of the council executive board about unspent cash reserves of more than £7 million, coun Kay said: “We need up to £6 million to pay for redundancies. We are working on that programme now.”

Coun Lee is now to question him on the progress of the latest redundancy programme.

Coun Kay said last night: “As a result of the government’s cuts to our funding it has been an extremely difficult few years. The council has reduced its staff since 2010 by almost 1,100 with 200 of these being compulsory redundancies.

“The tough times are continuing.

“Unfortunately, there will be more redundancies because of the size of the cuts we will need to make.”

Coun Lee said: “I shall be questioning Coun Kay on the exact details of the job loss and savings programme”

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12:41pm Fri 22 Aug 14

A Darener says...

How many of those made redundant were at management level?
How many of those made redundant were at management level? A Darener
  • Score: 41

12:48pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A Darener wrote:
How many of those made redundant were at management level?
Can't be many because they're still throwing money into the bottomless pit !!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: How many of those made redundant were at management level?[/p][/quote]Can't be many because they're still throwing money into the bottomless pit !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 33

12:49pm Fri 22 Aug 14

child44 says...

Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.
Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this. child44
  • Score: 26

12:55pm Fri 22 Aug 14

A Darener says...

child44 wrote:
Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.
They can! They need to save money by getting rid of workers to pay for the herd of white elephants they are breeding.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.[/p][/quote]They can! They need to save money by getting rid of workers to pay for the herd of white elephants they are breeding. A Darener
  • Score: 40

1:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Cuts need to be made to both services and jobs, selecting the right ones is never going to be easy and never going to please everybody but I think we can all agree they aren't doing the best job of it so far.
Cuts need to be made to both services and jobs, selecting the right ones is never going to be easy and never going to please everybody but I think we can all agree they aren't doing the best job of it so far. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 22

1:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A Darener wrote:
child44 wrote:
Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.
They can! They need to save money by getting rid of workers to pay for the herd of white elephants they are breeding.
Not only breeding em building them also what a classic structure next to the original Clown hall
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.[/p][/quote]They can! They need to save money by getting rid of workers to pay for the herd of white elephants they are breeding.[/p][/quote]Not only breeding em building them also what a classic structure next to the original Clown hall ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 24

1:10pm Fri 22 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

child44 wrote:
Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.
Oh yes they can. It just goes to show, prior to 2010 they were employing 200 people that they didn't need .
It might be a good idea to invite another 200 to the dance. (redundance)
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.[/p][/quote]Oh yes they can. It just goes to show, prior to 2010 they were employing 200 people that they didn't need . It might be a good idea to invite another 200 to the dance. (redundance) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 12

1:21pm Fri 22 Aug 14

A Darener says...

They are still employing people they don't need. They are called managers!
They are still employing people they don't need. They are called managers! A Darener
  • Score: 31

2:31pm Fri 22 Aug 14

the beaver says...

If you look it up the average wage is £25k at BwD a year Ok that's a fair living wage but when you put all the cleaners and so on minimum wages far to many on way above a living wage. BwD have 12 on £100k+ the whole of Lancs county council have 13 that cannot be right?
If you look it up the average wage is £25k at BwD a year Ok that's a fair living wage but when you put all the cleaners and so on minimum wages far to many on way above a living wage. BwD have 12 on £100k+ the whole of Lancs county council have 13 that cannot be right? the beaver
  • Score: 30

2:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

leelancs says...

The northern deprived councils are being hit much harder than more prosperous areas. I do fear that Blackburn and other similar smaller unitary authorities will soon be unable to meet their statutory obligations (adult social care, children's centres, leisure, child protection, bins, roads, etc, etc).
The northern deprived councils are being hit much harder than more prosperous areas. I do fear that Blackburn and other similar smaller unitary authorities will soon be unable to meet their statutory obligations (adult social care, children's centres, leisure, child protection, bins, roads, etc, etc). leelancs
  • Score: 19

4:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Blame the unitary authority status-NO unitary authority can ever cope alone, and it was the WORST decision that the residents of Blackburn and Darwen could have ever voted for.
Blame the unitary authority status-NO unitary authority can ever cope alone, and it was the WORST decision that the residents of Blackburn and Darwen could have ever voted for. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 12

4:07pm Fri 22 Aug 14

campbell69s says...

Now they only 3 people for every job
Now they only 3 people for every job campbell69s
  • Score: 14

5:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

oldnorm says...

No mention of the cost of the living wage then, looks like the money tree as given up the ghost.
No mention of the cost of the living wage then, looks like the money tree as given up the ghost. oldnorm
  • Score: 9

5:46pm Fri 22 Aug 14

rggraham1947 says...

child44 wrote:
Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.
You can if they aren't doing any thing useful, like "equality", "community cohesion" or "LBGT rights"!
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Depressing news. You can't keep cutting jobs like this.[/p][/quote]You can if they aren't doing any thing useful, like "equality", "community cohesion" or "LBGT rights"! rggraham1947
  • Score: 15

5:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

burner says...

They don't need to axe 500 . . . just FIVE . . . but the right five !!!
They don't need to axe 500 . . . just FIVE . . . but the right five !!! burner
  • Score: 22

7:28pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Rumpole says...

I don't know what they are complaining about.

By being made redundant they can now go and get the higher paid jobs in the private sector they kept saying they could get when trying to justify getting paid twice as much as the majority of ordinary CT paying citizens!!!

Still no news on the abuse of the legal process within the CT department?
I don't know what they are complaining about. By being made redundant they can now go and get the higher paid jobs in the private sector they kept saying they could get when trying to justify getting paid twice as much as the majority of ordinary CT paying citizens!!! Still no news on the abuse of the legal process within the CT department? Rumpole
  • Score: 13

7:51pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

Reminds me of the old gag about the Queen visiting Blackburn Town Hall and she asks the question " How many people work here ? " and her guide replies " About half of them ".
When I was a lad at school I remember one of my teachers telling the class that Blackburn Council's Coat of Arms was " one man working and two watching ".
The phrase " council worker " is an oxymoron.
And, of course, if Blackburn Council cut 200 jobs, that means 400 people will go.
Reminds me of the old gag about the Queen visiting Blackburn Town Hall and she asks the question " How many people work here ? " and her guide replies " About half of them ". When I was a lad at school I remember one of my teachers telling the class that Blackburn Council's Coat of Arms was " one man working and two watching ". The phrase " council worker " is an oxymoron. And, of course, if Blackburn Council cut 200 jobs, that means 400 people will go. Copperhead
  • Score: 16

8:11pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ste.g says...

how many jobs have been created at capita since 2010?
how many jobs have been created at capita since 2010? ste.g
  • Score: 7

8:15pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

Things may come and things may go but one thing is for sure - the public sector will keep on growing because we have never had a PM with the balls to tackle the lefty vermin who run it.
Things may come and things may go but one thing is for sure - the public sector will keep on growing because we have never had a PM with the balls to tackle the lefty vermin who run it. Copperhead
  • Score: 10

8:30pm Fri 22 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

Most importantly - Pretty soon Jack Straw who has been the person who has headed the downfall of Blackburn will be replaced with . . . ?
Most importantly - Pretty soon Jack Straw who has been the person who has headed the downfall of Blackburn will be replaced with . . . ? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 13

9:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Catwoman2005 says...

I have a problem with my council tax and i wanted to see someone face to face only to be told you now have to use the phone now, so i used the phone provided in the town hall, only to hear we are experiencing high call volumes please ring back later, so what are you suppose to do stand in town hall all day waiting to get through, its ridiculous. I dont even like talking over the phone about a complicated matter i like to be able to see someone face to face, also how are you suppose to show evidence over the phone
I have a problem with my council tax and i wanted to see someone face to face only to be told you now have to use the phone now, so i used the phone provided in the town hall, only to hear we are experiencing high call volumes please ring back later, so what are you suppose to do stand in town hall all day waiting to get through, its ridiculous. I dont even like talking over the phone about a complicated matter i like to be able to see someone face to face, also how are you suppose to show evidence over the phone Catwoman2005
  • Score: 16

8:41am Sat 23 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

Catwoman2005 wrote:
I have a problem with my council tax and i wanted to see someone face to face only to be told you now have to use the phone now, so i used the phone provided in the town hall, only to hear we are experiencing high call volumes please ring back later, so what are you suppose to do stand in town hall all day waiting to get through, its ridiculous. I dont even like talking over the phone about a complicated matter i like to be able to see someone face to face, also how are you suppose to show evidence over the phone
The council are employing a lot fewer people. So there are a lot fewer people to answer the phone when you ring. So all the phone lines are busy.
[quote][p][bold]Catwoman2005[/bold] wrote: I have a problem with my council tax and i wanted to see someone face to face only to be told you now have to use the phone now, so i used the phone provided in the town hall, only to hear we are experiencing high call volumes please ring back later, so what are you suppose to do stand in town hall all day waiting to get through, its ridiculous. I dont even like talking over the phone about a complicated matter i like to be able to see someone face to face, also how are you suppose to show evidence over the phone[/p][/quote]The council are employing a lot fewer people. So there are a lot fewer people to answer the phone when you ring. So all the phone lines are busy. Excluded again
  • Score: 13

11:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

Can we take a step back says...

And in the same period the allowances paid to councillors has fallen by how much???
Surely we could save a bit more there "Every little helps" to quote a well known supermarkets "catchphrase".
And in the same period the allowances paid to councillors has fallen by how much??? Surely we could save a bit more there "Every little helps" to quote a well known supermarkets "catchphrase". Can we take a step back
  • Score: 3

11:48am Sat 23 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

Blackburn with Darwen Councillors' allowances were cut by 10% in 2011 and a cap on the maximum that could be paid to any one Councillor was introduced in 2013. Both were reported in the LT.
Blackburn with Darwen Councillors' allowances were cut by 10% in 2011 and a cap on the maximum that could be paid to any one Councillor was introduced in 2013. Both were reported in the LT. Excluded again
  • Score: -1

8:28pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor says...

divide and rule. Everyone is being hit so we should not go down the path of criticising each other. I think that the richest people in society are totally unaffected by all of this. They are probably laughing like mad that we are all falling out with each other and saying 'keep 'em down'!
divide and rule. Everyone is being hit so we should not go down the path of criticising each other. I think that the richest people in society are totally unaffected by all of this. They are probably laughing like mad that we are all falling out with each other and saying 'keep 'em down'! Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor
  • Score: 1

8:12am Sun 24 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor wrote:
divide and rule. Everyone is being hit so we should not go down the path of criticising each other. I think that the richest people in society are totally unaffected by all of this. They are probably laughing like mad that we are all falling out with each other and saying 'keep 'em down'!
So what do you suggest then ann .
That we keep employing at CT payers expense 200 people on top wages and gold plated pension when we obviously do not need them. Your great for CT payer you are

The biggest thing in your post that really does Take the cake is your criticism of rich people. Given that you are a elected member of the lib dem (TORY) party
[quote][p][bold]Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor[/bold] wrote: divide and rule. Everyone is being hit so we should not go down the path of criticising each other. I think that the richest people in society are totally unaffected by all of this. They are probably laughing like mad that we are all falling out with each other and saying 'keep 'em down'![/p][/quote]So what do you suggest then ann . That we keep employing at CT payers expense 200 people on top wages and gold plated pension when we obviously do not need them. Your great for CT payer you are The biggest thing in your post that really does Take the cake is your criticism of rich people. Given that you are a elected member of the lib dem (TORY) party 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

9:59pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Ann kerrigan says...

2 for 5P - I don't have a problem with rich people just with tax avoiders. As for being (as you correctly point out) a Libdem councillor, that doesn't mean that I don't have views of my own that I like to express. At the end of the day, the people who collect your recycling and rubbish, make sure that you can have your concerns dealt with, teach your children to read and write, look after vulnerable people including the elderly and those suffering from dementia plus many others, are all paid for from public finances and they are the ones being hit. Unless we start to strongly object to these cuts we will end up like the United States where only the rich can get treated properly and where if you don't have health insurance you are left to rot. Most of the 200 people losing their jobs don't have gold plated pensions or gold plated salaries and that was my original point.
2 for 5P - I don't have a problem with rich people just with tax avoiders. As for being (as you correctly point out) a Libdem councillor, that doesn't mean that I don't have views of my own that I like to express. At the end of the day, the people who collect your recycling and rubbish, make sure that you can have your concerns dealt with, teach your children to read and write, look after vulnerable people including the elderly and those suffering from dementia plus many others, are all paid for from public finances and they are the ones being hit. Unless we start to strongly object to these cuts we will end up like the United States where only the rich can get treated properly and where if you don't have health insurance you are left to rot. Most of the 200 people losing their jobs don't have gold plated pensions or gold plated salaries and that was my original point. Ann kerrigan
  • Score: 2

11:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Darwen Malc says...

Playing with figures.
The whole of the public sector needs a top-down review.
Playing with figures. The whole of the public sector needs a top-down review. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 1

8:08am Thu 28 Aug 14

A Darener says...

There is nothing wrong with legal tax avoidance, nobody likes paying taxes. It is the illegal avoidance that needs to be jumped on. Plus politicians and their advisors need to close any loopholes, so that tax avoidance is not possible.
There is nothing wrong with legal tax avoidance, nobody likes paying taxes. It is the illegal avoidance that needs to be jumped on. Plus politicians and their advisors need to close any loopholes, so that tax avoidance is not possible. A Darener
  • Score: 1

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