Wandsworth Council admits it must now cut an extra £43m from budget by 2015
Dozens of Wandsworth Council employees are facing redundancy as the local authority battles to cut an extra £43m, on top of an existing £20m, from its budget by 2015.
An emergency meeting has been called by the Finance and Capital Resources Overview Scrutiny Committee, to be held next Thursday, October 3, where proposals to slash the budget will be discussed.
The extra savings must be found as a result of a further reduction in government grant, estimated to be at £43m.
The housing department is first in the firing line for redundancies with a proposed "net deletion" of 44 positions, while eight redundancies have also identified in the HR department.
A number of senior positions are to be cut too, with some senior roles, such as departmental director, asked to take on two departments rather than one.
Four departments are due to be merged into two under the proposals.
The adult social services department and the children's services department will merge becoming the education & children's services department.
The environment and community services department and the housing department will merge to become the housing and communities department.
As part of this process the entire environmental services division is to be transferred to the public health division of the administration department from April 2014.
In 2010, following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, former council leader Edward Lister endorsed a four-year programme to reduce the budget by £55m by 2014.
The council has already identified £80m of savings since 2010 but must how find an additional £63m (£43m + £20m) by 2015.
If the savings are not found then council tax could rise dramatically over the next couple of years.
But more redundancies could be in the offing because the council has wants to begin reviews in other departments to see if "new efficiencies and cost reductions" can be identified.
To read the report in full visit Wandsworth Council's website.
Next week's meeting of the Finance and Capital Resources Overview Scrutiny Committee (Special Meeting) will be held at the Town Hall (Room 123) at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 3.
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