As part of Knowsley Council’s plans to identify £34 million of savings, it has today confirmed that 130 jobs will be lost in 2015/16. This is a direct result of the Government’s cuts to the Council’s funding.
Despite having already made £60 million of savings since 2010, the level of cuts imposed by the Government means that the Council is facing a further deficit of £34 million over the next two years. The savings can only be achieved through reducing the level of services which the Council provides, and that means reducing its workforce.
The Council has undertaken a thorough review of what is delivered and how it is delivered in order to identify savings for consideration. The proposed savings include reducing opening hours at the Borough’s libraries, reducing highways and environmental maintenance, and increasing e-billing and online services.
The Council’s workforce has already been cut by a quarter since 2010, mainly through voluntary redundancies and early retirements. A further £810,000 of savings has recently been identified from a reduction in the Council’s senior management team. The Council had been exploring a range of options to make further savings, including changes to terms and conditions of employment and a possible “Christmas closedown”, but Knowsley’s trade unions refused to discuss those options.