Laura Sharman 16 November 2017

Council to cut workforce by 15% by 2020

Around 300 full-time jobs will be lost at Bath & North East Somerset Council as it tries to find savings of £16m by 2020.

The council will be working with the local community over the next year to help reduce demand on services. It will also look at additional ways of generating income and what services it will prioritise.

Changes to the way it works will result in a 15% reduction in its workforce, with 300 full-time-equivalent jobs being cut.

Cllr Tim Warren, leader of council, said:’So far we’ve saved £27m with minimal impact on front line services, whilst still investing in key projects such as Bath Quays and the Somer Valley Enterprise Zone, and continuing to be regarded as a good authority in key areas by independent inspectors. For example, we have an outstanding fostering and adoption service, silver standard for homelessness services and some of the best schools in the South West.

‘However, we have to prioritise what we do in the future while putting residents first and ensuring front line services are protected as far as possible. Clearly this will mean some very difficult choices. We see the local area forums as a key element to help us meet these challenges.’

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