Council posts to go

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 May 2011

TWO more posts at North Somerset Council are to go as finance bosses begin to put this year's proposed budget cuts in motion.

The lead officer in animal health and an area surveyor have gone from the council to create an annual saving of £89,948.

The cut in costs will contribute to the £590,000 savings identified in regulatory services from the 2011/12 budget.

The budget, approved by councillors in February, will mean a total £18.6million will be cut from all the council’s services this financial year.

In a decision report on the post redundancies, executive councillors said the positions were no longer required.

They said the number of planning applications had dropped by nearly a quarter since three years ago.

This had reduced workloads and enabled them to cut the surveyor post.

In animal health services, the councillors said funding from the Government had dropped significantly since the foot and mouth crisis.

They said the council could no longer fund the lead officer’s post, which had a salary of £33,120.

The posts were moved on April 30.

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