270 council jobs go as cuts toll mounts

ABOUT 270 jobs are to be shed at Sheffield town hall over the next year - almost half in managerial and professional positions, it was announced today.

It will take the council’s total job losses to 731 since last summer, built up as a result of many employees deciding to take voluntary redundancy and vacant posts not being filled.

Council leaders are responding to an £80m budget gap in 2011/12, and believe that by concentrating on managerial and other ‘back office’ positions the latest job losses can avoid a significant effect on frontline services.

They also say by taking action early they have steered clear of the big job cuts that have been seen in other authorities - and the figures are far short of the total of up to 2,000 feared by unions in Sheffield.

Yet budget preparations continue against a background of protests from unions, opposition parties and other groups about the impact on jobs and services. A demonstration was held last Saturday and another is to be held outside the town hall when councillors finalise spending plans on March 4.

As financial pressures mount, chief executive John Mothersole said he had taken a personal decision to reduce his salary by 5% from April for two years over the timescale of a pay increment freeze to all staff. “I have done it to maintain integrity with the staff,” he said.

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