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Axe to fall on 30 jobs at Burnley Council
ONE in ten staff at Burnley Council are facing the sack – and more could be under threat if further town hall funding is lost.
Council bosses say they must find cuts totalling £1.8million from next April, and around 30 posts must be axed.
Because of staffing arrangements, this will put 50 positions potentially at risk, equating to 10per cent of the workforce.
Council finance director Nick Aves has warned that if ‘transition funding’, given to Burnley after the housing market renewal programme was abandoned, is lost, then more cuts may need to be cons- idered.
He added: “It is possible that more challenges lie ahead in the New Year. Current projections assume that we continue to receive transition funding .”
Government officials are expected to make an announcement on the transition funding in December.
The redundancies would need to take effect by the end of the current financial year in March 2013. Work on redunancy consultations has already begun with affected staff.
Steve Rumbelow, the council’s chief executive, said: “Every staff member directly affected by these proposals has given high-quality and professional serv-ice to the people of Burnley, in many cases over a good number of years.
“The proposals are not in any way a reflection on their work, but are entirely driven by the budget pressures we face.”
Rossendale Council is also contem-plating how it will save £1.3milion, and Pendle Council is expected to face similar challenges.