Claims that budget cuts risk loss of 500 jobs at Lincolnshire County Council

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Lincolnshire County Council have responded to claims by Unison that budget cuts will result in 500 job losses.

The union’s Branch Secretary for the county Helen Stokes said: “I think we will be looking at a cut of 500 roles across the county mainly on the administration side.

“This is a cut beyond a cut - we do not have resources to cover the essential duties we have to do as a local authority - such as child protection and adult care.”

In response Tony McArdle, Chief Executive of LCC, said in a statement: “The council needs to save a further £90 million annually over the next few years.

“The first step is putting the management team in place of the size and with the range of skills that will meet that challenge. So we’re proposing to reduce our senior management team from 105 posts to 84 – a 21% reduction.”

While this reduction in senior management roles had already been confirmed by LCC earlier this year, they have not yet given exact numbers of how many other posts will go as a result of budget cuts.

Mr McArdle added: “This will be followed by a wider restructure of the council, geared to meeting our priorities in the most efficient way possible.

“Some job losses are expected, but it is too early to give an exact figure.”