BOSSES at Derbyshire County Council have announced plans to axe 1,600 jobs.
In a bid to save nearly £50 million in the coming financial year, the authority announced yesterday that it stands to lose around 10 per cent of its current workforce.
The authority revealed a £10.5 million shortfall in spending plans and, In a report to next week’s cabinet and full council meetings, chief executive Ian Stephenson highlights a £30m increase in Government spending cuts to the council’s budget taking the total over the next five years to £157 million - almost a third of the council’s spending.
The cuts will involve reductions in management, back office and accommodation costs affecting all services, increased charges for services, consultations on the closure of some centres and shorter opening hours, consultations on ending subsidies to some services, reducing grants to voluntary organisations and cutting back on training and care thresholds.
Other cost-cutting measures include sharing services with other councils, disposing of buildings and integrating health and social care.