Up to 200 jobs could be axed at Derby City Council 'in the next year'
BETWEEN 100 and 200 compulsory redundancies could be made at Derby City Council over the next year, its leader has warned.
The job losses would amount to 60 full-time equivalent posts out of the 350 the council previously said it needed to cut over the next 16 months.
Council leader Paul Bayliss said the compulsory redundancies were needed, after the authority failed to reach its target for staff going voluntarily ahead of the 2013-14 financial year.
He said the 100 to 200 jobs were a mixture of full-time and part-time – and the council was not yet in a position to give specific figures for each.
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Councillor Sarah Russell, cabinet member for finance, said there may be more compulsory job losses announced in a year's time.
She said: "We may be able to reach the target through things like natural wastage.
"But we could, unfortunately, be in a position where more compulsory redundancies are needed at the end of 2013-14."
Nicole Berrisford, Derby branch secretary for the union Unison, said the number of compulsory redundancies needed had come as a surprise.
She claimed the council could have given more applicants for voluntary redundancy permission to take it – and that now some of those who were turned down faced compulsory redundancy.
In total, 206 people were approved to leave on or before December 31 – the equivalent of 162 full-time posts.
Mrs Berrisford said those who had their applications rejected included people in the adult care, health, and housing departments. She said Unison was still in talks with the council about this.
She said: "They were refused permission for voluntary redundancy on service grounds – the council said they were needed for services to run smoothly."
Mr Bayliss said, if voluntary redundancy had been accepted from those areas, the council would have had to recruit into them again later.
He said: "We would be replacing experienced staff with people who have less experience."
The council said it is having to lose jobs as part of plans to save £62 million over the next three years – in the face of cuts to its Government grants, inflation and Derby's growing population.
THE leader of Derby City Council's ruling Labour group has accused the Tory opposition of "hypocrisy" – after they withdrew support from a campaign calling for more Government funding for the authority.
Conservative leader Philip Hickson had said Fair Deal for Derby was becoming a "party political vehicle" to attack the Coalition. But, in a letter to Mr Hickson, council leader Paul Bayliss pointed out the contact the authority had made with 10 MPs and ministers about the campaign as proof it was making attempts to discuss funding with the Government.
It added: "I, and the rest of the council, look forward to exposing your hypocrisy on the floor of the council chamber."