Thousands will lose jobs
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2010 | UPDATED: 12:25 26 October 2010
PAINFUL' cuts and more than a thousand job losses lay ahead for Somerset residents as the council prepares for the major spending reductions.
Tens of millions of pounds in cuts to services have already been proposed by Somerset County Council, just 24 hours after the Government spending review was announced last week.
More than 700 staff could leave the council by April either through voluntary or compulsory redundancies with a further 800 posts expected to be lost over the next three years.
Many of those remaining will face potential pay cuts and less generous terms and conditions to save the council cash.
Somerset County Council leader, Councillor Ken Maddock, said: “We have protected what we can and these are very painful cuts for us to take.
“There are things we really didn’t want to cutback on, but we just don’t have a choice.
“We already have a huge debt so borrowing more is not an option – each year we pay out £36m towards our debt.”
Services from social care to education and bus subsidies to repairing roads could be cutback over the next three years as the council reacts to the recent announcement.
Some of the high profile proposed cuts include closing youth clubs, losing 10 police community support officers and reducing the county ticket bus subsidy for students.
Other areas proposed for reductions include school transport, arts funding, special education needs, truancy officers, road safety initiatives
Public consultations on libraries and adult social care are also set to take place