30 jobs under threat in a bid to save £1m

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MORE than 30 full-time jobs are on the line as a result of council plans to reorganise support services.

The changes could reduce duplication and save at least £1 million a year.

Calderdale Council’s performance and resources spokesman John Beacroft-Mitchell said: “This restructure will create a flexible resource that can more effectively help the council improve its services.

“We have undertaken thorough consultation with staff and unions and will do everything in our power to avoid compulsory redundancies,” he said.

The savings were identified as part of the budget agreed by councillors in March but it has taken until now to work out exactly how they might be achieved.

The council’s resources panel was due to consider the proposals last night and they will go to the cabinet for approval next Monday.

Currently, support staff are spread across the council’s four directorates which has led to duplication. The new structure would lead to the equivalent of 31 fewer full-time posts – 17 of which are currently unfilled following either redeployment or resignations.

A number of other affected employees are likely to leave through early retirement.