Cuts in Cornwall

Cornwall Council’s budget for the next 4 years aimed at ‘saving’ £170 million. Here is the This Is Cornwall story whose article highlights:

  • Scrapping of a proposed £4 million increase to Adult Social Care
  • Large cuts to library service
  • Leisure Services budget cut
  • 2,000 Council employees expected to be made redundant – source
  • Council Staff not being sacked are facing pay freezes and reductions in pay protection – source

700 police officers are expected to lose their jobs – source

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust has to make around £20 million ‘efficiency savings’ leading too 400 posts going which could mean between 600 and 800 people losing their jobs – source

One of the medical wards at West Cornwall Hospital has been closed – source

Cornwall Council is planning to outsource or privatise all of its services to a private company. This is known as ‘shared services’. One of the companies in the frame is BT. Some of the areas involved include public health, libraries and One Stop Shops (including the administration of housing benefit for example). The council say this could mean up to 1000 job losses and others could be invited to re-apply for their jobs on worse conditions.

Cornwall Council now (autumn 2012) says it needs to find £30million ‘savings’ (cuts) for 2013/14.

2 Responses to Cuts in Cornwall

  1. Billy Bob says:

    I had to reapply for my job within the council 3 months ago, although the threat of needing to reapply had been hanging in the air for around 8 months. It was a long, drawn-out affair; lots of online forms full of buzzwords and newspeak where previous experience and accomplishments meant nothing. In fact we were all sent on a training course before hand in order to learn how to complete it properly.
    Anyway, to cut a long story short, I was successful in keeping my job, my exact same job…except they now want to pay me 5 grand less. All while Kevin Lavery wallows in his 200k salary and weekly helicopter flights in and out of the county.

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