Budget cuts means more council job lossesBy Jon Nurse
February 22, 2013
More job losses are coming at the borough council, with a quarter of £6 million savings planned to be done through reducing staff.
This week’s budget expects £500,000 a year for the next three years to be cut from Wokingham Borough Council’s wage bill.
The plans continue to trim the authority’s workforce, which by March will have been reduced by 150 full-time staff posts, including 30 redundancies, in just three years.
Councillor David Lee, leader of the council, said: “There will be staff reductions, there has to be. We hope to do most of that through natural turnover.
“By carefully managing that and retraining people, we are not always replacing posts.
“We are looking to do everything more efficiently.”
The council has an average turnover of 140 staff a year.
Chief executive Andy Couldrick said: “We will look at the shape of the organisation of the council.
“There is no target to lose X or Y staff, but continue to target what is important within the ongoing cash flow, which changes year on year.”