2,500 Lancashire County Council jobs face axe

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Jenny Mein Jenny Mein

PLANS to cut 2,500 jobs from Lancashire County Council’s workforce will be put to senior councillors next week.

Authority leader Jenny Mein hopes to persuade staff to quit voluntarily or take early retirement but warned compulsory redundancies remained the last resort.

Current cash terms for staff agreeing to leave will remain until March but then steadily reduce to encourage an early take-up.

The cut back is the biggest in the history of the county council which provides services to residents of 12 boroughs in Lancashire — including Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Chorley.

Meanwhile, the all-purpose Blackburn with Darwen council is half way through a programme of cutting 500 of its 2,800 workforce announced a year ago.

On Friday, the county council’s ruling cabinet will approve a voluntary redundancy scheme to cut 2,500 of its non-school workforce of around 13,000 by April 2016 to save £300million in the next four years. The total county staff, including teachers and other education staff, is 34,500.

Coun Mein said: “The council simply cannot make these savings without significant reductions in the number of people it employs.

“I am determined to lead the council through this period in a way that makes the changes as fair as possible.

“That includes giving the people who work here a clear understanding of where we're going and doing everything we can to avoid compulsory redundancies.

“My hope is that enough people will choose to go on a voluntary basis.”

Councillors will be asked to agree to set the terms for voluntary redundancy at reduced levels for future years, so the council can afford sufficient numbers to leave on a voluntary basis.

County Tory group leader Geoff Driver said: “The books have to be balanced but the county Labour leadership has set its face against using One Connect to make savings without affecting services.”

In December, 106 Blackburn with Darwen council staff had opted for early retirement and voluntary redundancies and 36 were made compulsorily redundant. Some 56 people had been redeployed with another 93 at imminent risk of redundancy.

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10:58pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)
2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-) Biggy12

11:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

salvadore says...

Biggy12 wrote:
2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)
You think 2500 losing their jobs is funny, I wish you end up on the dole one day and find out what it feels like.
[quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: 2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)[/p][/quote]You think 2500 losing their jobs is funny, I wish you end up on the dole one day and find out what it feels like. salvadore

1:11am Thu 16 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

salvadore wrote:
Biggy12 wrote:
2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)
You think 2500 losing their jobs is funny, I wish you end up on the dole one day and find out what it feels like.
Not at all,but I do think 2500 council workers jobless is assuming.
I think they all need to lose their jobs an get some folk in who have half a clue what the real world is.....keep smiling ;-)
[quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: 2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)[/p][/quote]You think 2500 losing their jobs is funny, I wish you end up on the dole one day and find out what it feels like.[/p][/quote]Not at all,but I do think 2500 council workers jobless is assuming. I think they all need to lose their jobs an get some folk in who have half a clue what the real world is.....keep smiling ;-) Biggy12

6:24am Thu 16 Jan 14

mayor07 says...

Biggy12 wrote:
salvadore wrote:
Biggy12 wrote:
2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)
You think 2500 losing their jobs is funny, I wish you end up on the dole one day and find out what it feels like.
Not at all,but I do think 2500 council workers jobless is assuming.
I think they all need to lose their jobs an get some folk in who have half a clue what the real world is.....keep smiling ;-)
Biggy 12, I deplore people like you who take pleasure from the misfortune and misery of others. Reducing any workforce by 2,500 people is a huge undertaking and will have big consequences for staff and residents, especially when you consider this is from a pool of just 13,000 staff. I guess you're either young with little life experience to properly understand the impact, or you are just plain stupid who is unable to think with through the issues.
[quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: 2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)[/p][/quote]You think 2500 losing their jobs is funny, I wish you end up on the dole one day and find out what it feels like.[/p][/quote]Not at all,but I do think 2500 council workers jobless is assuming. I think they all need to lose their jobs an get some folk in who have half a clue what the real world is.....keep smiling ;-)[/p][/quote]Biggy 12, I deplore people like you who take pleasure from the misfortune and misery of others. Reducing any workforce by 2,500 people is a huge undertaking and will have big consequences for staff and residents, especially when you consider this is from a pool of just 13,000 staff. I guess you're either young with little life experience to properly understand the impact, or you are just plain stupid who is unable to think with through the issues. mayor07

6:29am Thu 16 Jan 14

mayor07 says...

Biggy12 wrote:
2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)
Having just read your first comment, it just confirms your stupidity. As most people will be able to read, the redundancies will be from a group of 13,000 staff with the balance relating to schools staff.............un
less you want to get rid of all teachers too.
[quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: 2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)[/p][/quote]Having just read your first comment, it just confirms your stupidity. As most people will be able to read, the redundancies will be from a group of 13,000 staff with the balance relating to schools staff.............un less you want to get rid of all teachers too. mayor07

11:18am Thu 16 Jan 14

Noiticer says...

Any loss of jobs is bad news for the families concerned, the wider economy and for those who need the services provided by those whose posts will disappear. It seems crazy that Council Tax hasn't risen by the rate of inflation these past few years as it will only mean that repairs, maintenance of buildings will have been deferred with a massive catch up required again as after the last Tory years of the 1980's. And is it sensible to close libraries and get rid of support services for the frail and elderly? What kind of society do we want to live in? One of perverse selfishness which ultimately benefits nobody?
Any loss of jobs is bad news for the families concerned, the wider economy and for those who need the services provided by those whose posts will disappear. It seems crazy that Council Tax hasn't risen by the rate of inflation these past few years as it will only mean that repairs, maintenance of buildings will have been deferred with a massive catch up required again as after the last Tory years of the 1980's. And is it sensible to close libraries and get rid of support services for the frail and elderly? What kind of society do we want to live in? One of perverse selfishness which ultimately benefits nobody? Noiticer

1:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

mayor07 wrote:
Biggy12 wrote:
2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)
Having just read your first comment, it just confirms your stupidity. As most people will be able to read, the redundancies will be from a group of 13,000 staff with the balance relating to schools staff.............un

less you want to get rid of all teachers too.
Yawn
[quote][p][bold]mayor07[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: 2.500 down, only another 32,000 to go ;-)[/p][/quote]Having just read your first comment, it just confirms your stupidity. As most people will be able to read, the redundancies will be from a group of 13,000 staff with the balance relating to schools staff.............un less you want to get rid of all teachers too.[/p][/quote]Yawn Biggy12

1:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Gmanhaworth says...

I got made redundant last April and got introduce to a fantastic opportunity I'd love to meet who ever gets made redundant so I can show them the business and how the money work if any one here knows how to approach them I would be most great full. It a stressful time for all involved and I hope they all come through it stronger and wiser my thoughts are with them all
I got made redundant last April and got introduce to a fantastic opportunity I'd love to meet who ever gets made redundant so I can show them the business and how the money work if any one here knows how to approach them I would be most great full. It a stressful time for all involved and I hope they all come through it stronger and wiser my thoughts are with them all Gmanhaworth

2:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

Gmanhaworth wrote:
I got made redundant last April and got introduce to a fantastic opportunity I'd love to meet who ever gets made redundant so I can show them the business and how the money work if any one here knows how to approach them I would be most great full. It a stressful time for all involved and I hope they all come through it stronger and wiser my thoughts are with them all
Involves some form of selling no doubt
[quote][p][bold]Gmanhaworth[/bold] wrote: I got made redundant last April and got introduce to a fantastic opportunity I'd love to meet who ever gets made redundant so I can show them the business and how the money work if any one here knows how to approach them I would be most great full. It a stressful time for all involved and I hope they all come through it stronger and wiser my thoughts are with them all[/p][/quote]Involves some form of selling no doubt juanbbien

6:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Gmanhaworth says...

juanbbien wrote:
Gmanhaworth wrote:
I got made redundant last April and got introduce to a fantastic opportunity I'd love to meet who ever gets made redundant so I can show them the business and how the money work if any one here knows how to approach them I would be most great full. It a stressful time for all involved and I hope they all come through it stronger and wiser my thoughts are with them all
Involves some form of selling no doubt
No selling involved at all. I'm just curious have you ever wanted to work for yourself and build your own team? And also when was the last time you recommended something? And did you get paid for it?
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gmanhaworth[/bold] wrote: I got made redundant last April and got introduce to a fantastic opportunity I'd love to meet who ever gets made redundant so I can show them the business and how the money work if any one here knows how to approach them I would be most great full. It a stressful time for all involved and I hope they all come through it stronger and wiser my thoughts are with them all[/p][/quote]Involves some form of selling no doubt[/p][/quote]No selling involved at all. I'm just curious have you ever wanted to work for yourself and build your own team? And also when was the last time you recommended something? And did you get paid for it? Gmanhaworth

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