Mark Whitehead 05 November 2018

County invites staff to apply for voluntary redundancy

Worcestershire County Council has has invited staff to apply for voluntary redundancy scheme in the midst of a crisis in spending on care.

It said up to 200 full-time equivalent staff were expected to leave under plans that have already been discussed with trade unions.

Council leader Simon Geraghty said in his annual statement to be put to members next week that an overspend of £17.9m was projected by the end of the financial year unless action was taken, including £15m for adult social care.

He said child and adult social care together accounted for nearly 70% of Worcestershire’s budget and with waste disposal and debt management taking 9% each, 'this leaves little room for manoeuvre'.

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