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Fears Nottingham City Council to cut staff from payroll

More than 200 people face losing their jobs at Nottingham City Council as the authority struggles to balance its books, a union claims.

The Executive Board has recommended a budget which would see the equivalent of 165 full-time posts cut from the current workforce

In a statement the council said that it "did not have an alternative to make the necessary savings".

Union Unison said the cuts would affect 202 people working for the council.

In a statement the council said it had told staff the budget proposals were unlikely to go ahead without reductions in the workforce.

The statement added: "Demands on council services are increasing so it is essential that the council has a structure that is capable of achieving improvements in line with the strategic priorities of The Nottingham Plan to 2020 and the Council Plan, while delivering efficiency savings. "

We're not happy about this and I hope that they [the council] aren't saying they won't affect frontline services, because they clearly are
Pete Savage, regional organiser Unison

The council's deputy leader, Councillor Graham Chapman, said: "It's never easy to propose job cuts but we feel we don't have an alternative to make the necessary efficiency savings, balance our budget and maintain vital local services for local people."

Pete Savage, the regional organiser for the union Unison said he was disappointed with the way the authority had dealt with news of the cuts and the impact they could have on frontline services.

Mr Savage said: "I've seen the spreadsheet the council are using and it may be the equivalent of 165 full time posts, but the actual people involved in potential losses is 202.

"We had a meeting with council and we're a bit disappointed at this stage.

"We're taking our bearings at where things are happening and it's a big concern as it appears to be hitting frontline services

"Children's centres, trading standards and libraries are affected and that's just looking at job titles but we haven't been able to get into the details yet.

"We're not happy about this and I hope that they [the council] aren't saying they won't affect frontline services, because they clearly are."



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