200 jobs could go as part of budget proposals

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Calderdale Council staff jobs are under threat as part of further cuts in this year’s budget proposals.

Around 200 jobs could face the axe over the next three years in the measures outlined at a meeting of Cabinet at Halifax Town Hall.

Despite having already made cuts of £56 million since 2010 a further £17 million will have to saved by 2017.

Meetings to be held with council staff in the coming weeks over the cuts that would save £6.1m over the next three years.

It is hoped the majority of job losses will be achieved through offering early retirement, voluntary redundancy or re-training for council staff to be re-deployed.

Also included in the budget is the freezing of council tax at last year’s rate and a reduction in spending on waste services following a renegotiation of the contract with suppliers SITA.

Leader of the council Tim Swift (Lab, Town) said: “Despite the unprecedented financial position this budget still seems to provide a good range of public services in Calderdale.

“We are trying to offer support where we can and have set up a £1 million investment in the economy through the economic task force.”

Public meetings will be held to consult on the budget proposals during the next few weeks before the final budget is voted on at Full Council.

The public meetings will be at Halifax Town Hall on January 16, Brighouse Civic Hall on January 29 and Hebden Bridge Town Hall on February 4. All meetings will be from 7pm to 9pm.