More Wakefield Council jobs at risk in £2.5m staffing cuts plan

Peter Box after announcing budget proposals' 'LOCATION:  Wakefield Town Hall '
Peter Box after announcing budget proposals' 'LOCATION: Wakefield Town Hall '
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MORE jobs could be under threat at Wakefield Council after the local authority mothballed proposals to save £8m by offloading the running of crematoria and cemeteries to private companies.

The council, which is seeking to slash £38 million from its budget in the next financial year, had planned to cut costs by giving companies the opportunity to take over the lease for the district’s crematoria and cemeteries.

But a report to next Tuesday’s cabinet meeting reveals the proposal has been put on hold as it would not deliver value for money.

Instead, councillors are being asked to consider an updated budget report, proposing alternative savings.

More than 1,000 jobs have been axed at Wakefield Council since 2010.

Now the local authority is proposing to save £2.5m in what it is calling ‘general staffing savings.’

Cuts to be considered include redundancies, reduced spending on overtime and agency staff and changes to staff terms and conditions. Other proposed savings include scrapping allowances for council workers working at home to save £50,000 and reducing print costs at the Council to save £100,000.

And the council is proposing to save £145,000 by transferring the management of school crossing provision from the council to schools.

Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box, said: “We are facing tough choices and tough times ahead. The council will have made £23 million of savings by March 2015 on top of the £58m of savings we’ve had to make in the last three years.

“In the next financial year the challenges will be even greater, as we will need to make the further savings of £38 million from our budget - the biggest yet in one year.

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