Laura Sharman 23 January 2018

Council offers voluntary redundancy to its staff

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All non-teaching staff at Shropshire Council have been offered the chance to take voluntary redundancy in a bid to plug a funding gap of more than £59m.

The voluntary redundancy programme is one of the ways the council is looking to address a budget shortfall of around £59.3m over the next five years.

The council hopes to save £1m before 31 March 2018, and then £9m over the next two years through its voluntary redundancy process.

Clive Wright, the council’s chief executive, said: ‘Many of our back-office processes will become automated and our frontline services will be able to operate mostly out of centralised buildings. This will make us more efficient and most jobs will change. Overall there will unfortunately be some job losses.

‘As we’ve said, allowing volunteers for redundancy has been our preference, rather than drawn out compulsory redundancies. We have found that volunteers for redundancy often go on to flourish outside of the council.’

The last time it ran a voluntary redundancy scheme, 862 members of staff applied.

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