30/11/2012

Manchester City Council To Cut 900 Posts

Manchester City Council is to axe up to 900 jobs.

The authority confirmed the cuts as it attempts to save around £80m over the next two years in reaction to the £170m gov funding cuts introduced last year.

Council Leader Sir Richard Leese said: "Staffing costs are a significant proportion of expenditure and we believe that the necessary reduction could be in the region of 700 to 900 posts.

"As a result we are introducing a voluntary early retirement and severance schemes, although no applications will be approved until after we have received our settlement from government and on that basis have set a budget.

"The council remains committed to aiming to avoid compulsory redundancies."

Two-thousand posts have already been lost through budget cuts.

(GK)

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