Dan Peters 17 June 2020

Luton forced into unavoidable cuts

Luton BC’s boss has said the council has done all it can but has no other choice than to cut 365 jobs and frontline services.

Chief executive Robin Porter’s comments came as the council is faced with a £22m shortfall in its finances even after calling on reserves and extra funding from the Government.

The council has proposed a series of cuts, including to key preventative and mental health support services and to senior leadership.

It said it would prioritise deleting vacant posts and offer voluntary redundancies, reduced hours and flexible retirement across the organisation to limit the number of compulsory job losses.

The cuts have been proposed after income from the council’s airport company all but dried up when aviation ground to a virtual standstill.

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