Council's cost cutting scheme agreed

MEMBERS of a North Suffolk council have approved a cost-cutting scheme which could see up to 18 jobs go at the authority.Waveney District councillors met behind closed doors last night to discuss the controversial project, which is aimed at making savings of around £426,000.

MEMBERS of a North Suffolk council have approved a cost-cutting scheme which could see up to 18 jobs go at the authority.

Waveney District councillors met behind closed doors last night to discuss the controversial project, which is aimed at making savings of around £426,000.

Members unanimously backed the 'revised staffing structure' scheme during the meeting, which was held at Lowestoft Town Hall.

After the meeting Mairi McLean , council chief executive, welcomed the council's decision, and called the move 'vital.'


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She added: "The fundamental review of the basic structure and the way services are delivered and managed is timely.

"This council has not had a full re-organisation since 1974 – it is vital that we move with the times.

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"People in other jobs in Waveney have been subject to review and council workers should be no different. It's up to us to ensure that we continually improve our efficiency and give value for money."

Cllr Peter Austin, leader of the council, echoed Mrs McLean's comments, saying that staff needed to know where they stood.

He added: "The council's financial position meant that it was never an option for the administration to do nothing.

"Difficult decisions had to be taken, but staff needed an end to the present uncertainty. I will ensure that the present consultation with trade unions and individuals will continue in the coming weeks, during the phased implementation period."

Before last night's meeting, a spokesman for the district's Unison branch said staff were aware of the plans and the union were happy with the way they had been dealt with.

He added: "At this stage we are in consultation with the management and it's down to the council to make a decision.

"As a union we have been fully consulted. Despite what some individuals may have said, we have been involved with the process."

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