Over 80 Isle of Wight Council jobs to go

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, March 3, 2016

 

MORE than 80 Isle of Wight Council staff are set to lose their jobs in the next year.

They include school crossing patrol staff, who will be made redundant when the council stops funding this service this summer.

Following the February budget meeting, where councillors approved sweeping cuts to jobs and services in a bid to save almost £17m during the forthcoming financial year, the authority has now confirmed the number of proposed redundancies.

It has issued a HR1 notice, a statutory requirement for organisations proposing more than 20 redundancies within a 90 day period, revealing its plans to axe 82 jobs between March 29, this year, and March 31, next year.

It puts 146 staff who work in the affected areas at risk of losing their jobs.

Following the commencement of a formal 30 day consultation period with staff and unions, Unison has called on the council to carefully consider the implications of reducing staff, particularly those in adult social care, before making any final decisions.

Services will continue as normal during the consultation period, which the council said would provide an opportunity to offer suggestions or propose alternatives to make savings, hopefully reducing the need for compulsory redundancies.

Staff will be offered other jobs at the council if possible, and applications for voluntary redundancy will be invited.

Council leader Cllr Jonathan Bacon said: "This is a decision which has been reached with much regret, and which has been a consequence of the extreme financial position which the council faces over the coming 12 months and into the future.

"The council is offering a lot of support to colleagues who may be affected, but regrettably, it seems some jobs will be lost, although we will work hard to minimise the extent and effect of this ."

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